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San Francisco Authorities Vote to Soften Language Used to Label Criminals
San Francisco, which according to a recent study (pdf) on criminality in 30 big American cities is second only to Baltimore as the most crime-ridden, has moved to scrub clean ...
August 22, 2019
Swearing Off Swearing: The Degradation of Language and Culture
This misuse of language, particularly by those who lead us and shape our culture, degrades us. It degrades ...
August 21, 2019
Humor: Stop These Language Abuses
Phone Bots A decade ago, voice mail bots would say "I'll record your message now," and "I'll try ...
June 13, 2019
How Political Correctness Impedes Immigration Reform
Commentary Immigration reform requires a political and social environment in which well-meaning individuals can speak honestly about the ...
November 28, 2018
Carol M. Swain
CBS Executive Placed on Leave After Accusations of Sexual Language
CBS Corp has placed television executive Vincent Favale on leave after earlier allegations of using sexual and homophobic ...
October 4, 2018
Dolphins Might Have a ‘Highly Developed Spoken Language’ (Video)
The animals supposedly wait for other dolphins to finish communicating.
September 13, 2016
Smart Earpiece Can Instantly Translate Any Language
One company believes its product can create "a world without language barriers." After two years of research and development, Waverly Labs ...
May 17, 2016
There Are Also Drawbacks to Being Bilingual
The ability to speak more than one language certainly has its perks. It enables you to work in ...
May 2, 2016
One T-shirt Company Is Breaking the Language Barrier
Three young Swiss entrepreneurs think they have found an easy, affordable, and stress-free way to cross the language ...
April 26, 2016
Could the Language Barrier Actually Fall Within the Next 10 Years?
Or why do programs continue to stumble on what seem like easy translations?
April 4, 2016
Why the German Language Has So Many Great Words
In an essay describing the loathing that Ted Cruz's face seems to inspire, the neurologist Richard Cytowic resorts ...
March 23, 2016
At What Age Is It Easiest to Learn a Second Language?
If you want to learn a foreign language, should you begin before a certain age in order to ...
February 17, 2016
Studies Full of Jargon Flag Scientists as Liars
Even the best poker players have “tells” that give away when they’re bluffing. Scientists who commit fraud have ...
November 20, 2015
Computer Trick Shows Pitch Is Just Perception
If researcher Elizabeth Petitti played two musical notes from her laptop, some people would hear the notes rise ...
November 6, 2015
Is Technology Killing Our Languages?
First of all, it is important to note that language evolves organically with the passage of time. The ...
September 3, 2015
Little Kids With Big Vocabularies Start School Ready to Learn
Two-year-olds who know lots of words are more likely to start kindergarten ready to read, to do math, ...
August 25, 2015
Blind Children Rely on ‘Visual Brain’ to Learn Language
By early childhood, the sight regions of a blind person’s brain respond to sound, especially spoken language, new ...
August 20, 2015
Shifting Gaze Can Signal When Baby’s Learning
A new study is the first to link an early social behavior called gaze shifting with infants’ ability ...
August 10, 2015
New Website Wants Your Speech Mistakes
We’ve all had our mind go blank in the middle of a conversation.
August 7, 2015
When Moms ‘Tune In,’ Babies Show Empathy Later
Mothers who are “mind-minded,” or able to “tune in” to their baby’s thoughts and feelings by engaging in ...
July 29, 2015
Band Class Helps Teens Learn How to Learn
Music training, introduced as late as high school, may help improve how a teenager’s brain responds to sound ...
July 28, 2015
Manchuria, the Manchus, and What It Means to Be Chinese
The history of Manchuria and the Manchus reflects the constantly evolving and broadening nature of Chinese identity.
July 24, 2015
Kids Who Remember Words Are Better Liars
Kids who perform better on verbal memory tests are better at covering up lies, a hidden-camera experiment shows.
June 23, 2015
How Do You Haha? LOL Through the Ages
Even before texting and online chatting, textual representations of laughter have appeared in writing since Chaucer's time.
June 6, 2015
Why Sounding out ‘C-a-t’ Gets Kids Ready to Read
Teaching young children phonics—the relationship of letters to sounds—primes the area of their brains wired for reading better ...
June 2, 2015
Writing and Speaking Are Totally Separate in the Brain
If you suffer brain damage that dramatically affects your ability to speak, your ability to write could be ...
May 13, 2015
Babies Prefer to Hear ‘Baby Talk’ From Other Babies
Before they start to babble themselves, babies would rather listen to other babies “talk” than listen to adults.
May 12, 2015
Moody’s Downgrades Hong Kong Outlook to ‘Negative’ as Protests Continue
A Bipartisan House Group Rallies With Farmers for USMCA
OxyContin Maker Files for Bankruptcy, Faces Thousands of Lawsuits
Trump Questions Iran’s Denial of Saudi Oil Attack Involvement
Progressive Working Families Party Endorses Elizabeth Warren for 2020
Trump Responds to NY Times Correction: ‘The One Who Is Actually Being Assaulted Is Justice Kavanaugh’
Trump Administration to Look at Immigrants’ Social Media Accounts