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Language is in our biology

If you want to master languages, you should pick your parents with care.

The Russian language enters a new world

The political turmoil in Russia in the nineties was followed by a digital and linguistic revolution. Now President Putin wants to reclaim the language as a tool of power.

Weak language skills a heavy problem

Language skills are rarely seen as a public health problem, but immigrant women from Turkey and Pakistan with poor Norwegian skills are more likely to be overweight. That, in turn, can have public health consequences.

Language designed for thinking

Language did not evolve to facilitate human communication; it developed as a tool for use in thinking.

English is a Scandinavian language

Contrary to popular belief, the British did not just borrow words and concepts from the Vikings and their descendants. What we call English is actually a form of Scandinavian.

The English inspired Vikings to build cities

The first cities and churches in medieval Denmark were probably inspired by the English, sources show. A historian sheds light on how the English influenced the Vikings, culturally as well as politically.

Names are not as local as you might think

Njål might sound like an ancient Norwegian name to native Norwegian speakers, but the name has an Irish background. The same is true for other "Norwegian" names.

Leaving tracks − with words

Scandinavians left more than just archaeological artefacts when they conquered parts of the British Isles − the Scottish language is full of it.

Letting Latin go at last

Until recently it wasn’t enough just discovering a new species of flora. A scientist would have to know a sufficient amount of Latin to describe the plant. Now the rules have finally been changed.

Dyslexics' main problem is phonetics

A youngster’s recognition of the sounds of letters and words is closely related to how well the child can read.