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07

Apr

Could GIFs be a new language?The MIT Media Lab is looking at the new visual language of animated images.

Could GIFs be a new language?
The MIT Media Lab is looking at the new visual language of animated images.

24

Mar

Where did the word ‘OK’ come from?Few two-letter words have as many meanings, or are as widely understood, as ‘OK.’ In honor of its 175th birthday on March 23, here’s a look at how this uniquely American acronym went viral.

Where did the word ‘OK’ come from?
Few two-letter words have as many meanings, or are as widely understood, as ‘OK.’ In honor of its 175th birthday on March 23, here’s a look at how this uniquely American acronym went viral.

13

Mar

Native Americans and aboriginal Siberians may have shared a common languageGiving more support to the Beringia standstill hypothesis, speakers of Yeniseian and Na-Dene likely resided together around the Bering Strait before one group moved on to North America.

Native Americans and aboriginal Siberians may have shared a common language
Giving more support to the Beringia standstill hypothesis, speakers of Yeniseian and Na-Dene likely resided together around the Bering Strait before one group moved on to North America.

08

Feb

7 fictional languages from literature and film that you can learnWant to converse with the likes of rabbits, elves or blue-skinned folk from another planet? You’ve come to the right place.

7 fictional languages from literature and film that you can learn
Want to converse with the likes of rabbits, elves or blue-skinned folk from another planet? You’ve come to the right place.

24

Jan

These are words for very specific emotions or things, and there are no matches for them in other languages.

02

Dec

Toddlers learn nuances of language by playing with their foodBabies have a difficult time learning the names of non-solid objects, but when they get to play with those objects, they better retain the names.

Toddlers learn nuances of language by playing with their food
Babies have a difficult time learning the names of non-solid objects, but when they get to play with those objects, they better retain the names.

15

Nov

Smartphone app could help save Australian Aboriginal language from extinctionThe Iwaidja language is currently spoken by fewer than 200 people.

Smartphone app could help save Australian Aboriginal language from extinction
The Iwaidja language is currently spoken by fewer than 200 people.

13

Apr

Brainy baboons recognize words vs. gibberishThe study indicates that the brain processes that allow people to read are based on much more primal skills than expected.

Brainy baboons recognize words vs. gibberish
The study indicates that the brain processes that allow people to read are based on much more primal skills than expected.

15

Mar

Is digital spell-check killing off words?The death rate of words has apparently increased recently while new entries into languages are becoming less common, both perhaps because of digital spell-checking

Is digital spell-check killing off words?
The death rate of words has apparently increased recently while new entries into languages are becoming less common, both perhaps because of digital spell-checking

09

Mar

Why Germans are stumped by the word ‘squirrel’The word’s syllable structure is what thwarts native German speakers’ ability to address the furry creatures.

Why Germans are stumped by the word ‘squirrel’
The word’s syllable structure is what thwarts native German speakers’ ability to address the furry creatures.