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A Knotty Subject: The Language of the Incas

It has always been relatively common knowledge that, despite their far-reaching civilisation and imp...

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English Literature

Why Do We Hate The Word Moist?

Scientists have conducted an experiment to understand why people have such strong aversions to words...

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Protecting pluralism: the resistance to Putin’s cultural homogenisation

In October 2017, Sergey Zheleznyak of Russia’s State Duma Committee on International Affairs spoke...

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Linguistics

50 Words for Snow? Language Barriers and Linguistic Relativism

The idea of there being certain words that simply don’t exist in other languages, and correspondin...

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Archaeology and Anthropology

Doctor, Doctor: Is Depression Different in China?

Studies in the field of cultural psychology have suggested that Chinese people tend to express psych...

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Linguistics

Madame Le Président? Feminist Linguistics and Gender Bias in French

Last year, the Académie française (a council constituting the official authority on the French lan...

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Linguistics

Huh? Lazy Language and Convergent Evolution

If you frequently answer questions with “huh?” chances are you’ve been disapprovingly told to ...

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Archaeology and Anthropology

Horses, Hooves, and Homo Erectus: What is Language?

Quite when human language first came about is still something of a mystery. Nevertheless, most schol...

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Archaeology and Anthropology

ABC, Easy as 123: Can You Have a Language Without Numbers?

You may think that dealing with figures is integral to any society, but in fact, not all cultures u...

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Linguistics

Is it Greek to YOUR baby?

It has fallen into our common knowledge that children are simply “better at learning languages” ...

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Linguistics

The rise of transgender pronouns: ze are the bright and promising future!

Increasingly over the last few decades, transgender visibility has started to cross over into the pu...

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Linguistics

Désolé, je suis Français: Are Manners Lost in Translation?

A French waiter who was fired for being rude and disrespectful has recently made headlines for filin...

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