Local native languages teeter on the brink of oblivion all over the world...but forces are creating new ways to save its hidden, cloistered corners.
Code-switching, or switching back and forth between different languages, happens all the time in multilingual environments, and often in emotional situations.
There are now more than 500 million people online in China. They are microblogging, instant messaging, texting. The result is changing the Chinese language
...infants just a few weeks old show a clear liking for people who use speech patterns the babies have already been exposed to, and that includes the regional accents, twangs, and R’s or lack thereof.
Baboons appear to recognize words from gibberish.
Hyraxes’ songs have something rarely found in mammals: syntax that varies according to where the hyraxes live, geographical dialects in how they put their songs together.
Few linguists doubt that natural selection has played a part in humans’ linguistic ability. We all speak. Our vocal tract is honed to produce the sonic richness and precision of speech. Animals couldn’t speak even if they wanted to.
Learning a foreign language is never easy, but contrary to common wisdom, it is possible for adults to process a language the same way a native speaker does.
In 2005 Dr. Everett shot to international prominence with a paper claiming that he had identified some peculiar features of the Pirahã language that challenged Noam Chomsky’s influential theory...that human language is governed by “universal grammar”
Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter.