language

Facebook

Facebook Added Balloons and Confetti to Posts About the Earthquake in Indonesia

A spokesperson told Motherboard the company “regrets that it appeared in this unfortunate context.”
Kaleigh Rogers
8.7.18
Star Talk

We Need a New Vocabulary to Talk About the Human Future in Space

If humans want to expand beyond Earth in an optimal way, we’ll need novel language to keep pace with novel technologies.
Frank White
6.25.18
goodbyes

RIP Koko, the Kitten-Loving Gorilla Who Communicated With Humans

Koko died in Woodside, California, on Tuesday. The beloved primate was 46.
Becky Ferreira
6.21.18
languages

How ‘Westworld’ Uses Multilingualism to Explore Prejudice

From Japanese to Lakota, the show's foreign language episodes spotlight themes of identity and memory.
Becky Ferreira
6.11.18
Wikie Speaks

Listen to This Orca Repeat Human Words (With Some Raspberries Thrown In)

Come for the polite “hellos,” stay for the fart noises.
Becky Ferreira
1.31.18
Batty

Baby Bats Mimic Local Bat Slang to Fit In

A study of fruit bat pups shows how bats use vocal learning, commonly thought of as uniquely human, to pick up new accents.
Samantha Cole
10.31.17
Lingua Franca

'Minecraft' Is Helping Preserve the Ancient Language of Elfdalian

Elfdalian fights for recognition in its home country but finds a second life on the internet.
Matthew Gault
10.20.17
Literally

How Dictionary Editors Find Meaning in the Age of Internet Speak

Is it the modern lexicographer’s job to protect the English language, or to document it?
Daniel Crown
10.3.17
linguistics

Why Linguists Watched the Same Season of 'Big Brother' for 6 Years

Sometimes you gotta suffer for science.
Claire Downs
9.6.17
SNES Classic

SNES Classic Will Be Sold in Quebec After All

Well, alright.
Jordan Pearson
8.22.17
titillations

A Brief History of 'NSFW'

And how arguably the internet’s most influential acronym is changing.
Jessica Brown
8.9.17
Emojis

People Who Use Emojis Are Probably Nicer Than You : )

A new study suggests that emojis are becoming as important as words and gestures.
Meredith Rutland Bauer
1.18.17