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She stutters, but hardly anyone knows it

Berit Løkken belongs to a rare type of stutterers that you might never have heard of.

The names of Tolkien's universe explained

The works of J.R.R. Tolkien are an excellent introduction to Old English and other historic languages, according to a researcher.

Brazil: A country without a language

OPINION: Brazilians speak Portuguese. But do they really?

What is the world’s weirdest language?

VIDEO: This language lacks words for numbers and colours. But at least it can be whistled.

Two-thirds of all languages use similar sounds in common words

A study of more than 6,000 languages from around the world shows a surprising relationship between certain words’ sound and meaning.

Viking movie will be entirely in Old Norwegian

Liða skaltú ok deyja! — May you suffer and die! Thorough research and hard work has led to one of few films to exclusively use genuine viking language.

Life or death for languages

Can languages be resurrected from the (almost) dead? Or is it fine for them to follow in the footsteps of some other languages and die a “natural” death?

Media's power over science

The media shape the public's views about controversial scientific issues through the language they use to frame these issues.

The art behind the perfect pause

Research shows that a half second can do the trick.

Students who master two written dialects do better in school

Researchers from neuroscientists to sociologists have spent the last several decades documenting the positive effects of bilingualism on cognitive development in children. But do children who grow up with two closely related written versions of the same language get the same benefits?