Contractions can be frowned upon. We’re gonna wanna rethink that.
Ganesh Devy has spent decades documenting India’s hundreds of distinct languages. Up next: a 12,000-year history of India he hopes will help counter the government’s Hindu-first campaign.
Progressive groups and medical organizations have adopted inclusive language, which has led to terms like “pregnant people” and “chestfeeding.”
The addition of one of the most widely spoken Indigenous languages in the Americas could help public servants and health workers connect with their communities. (And by the way, ‘allinllachu’ means hello.)
A child in danger cannot find safety if the language we use to define abuse is diluted.
Many Ukraine citizens speak Russian as their first language. Volunteer organizations are helping them improve their Ukrainian and abandon “the occupiers’ language.”
Leaving room for disagreement is gracious, not timid.
In a creative play on three different languages, Ukrainians identify an enemy: ‘ruscism.’
OpenAI’s GPT-3 and other neural nets can now write original prose with mind-boggling fluency — a development that could have profound implications for the future.
Its unspecified origin leaves a linguistic shoe undropped.
Our words reveal a lot about changes in society.
But these days it’s easier to preserve it on the record.
Neuroscientists are exploring whether shapes like squares and rectangles — and our ability to recognize them — are part of what makes our species special.
Why are so many turning to poetry during this war?
A “woefully confused polyglot” discovers which non-English words have become common enough to count toward her Spelling Bee score.
In “The Greatest Invention,” Silvia Ferrara offers a dizzying and entertaining tour of written language.
I wanted to give up a precious thing whose absence would make room for something revelatory.
Words that capture an entire culinary experience or mood — such as “utepils,” in Norwegian — are common in other languages. English has a few such words, too.
Jennifer Croft, who translates the Nobel Prize-winning Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk, is leading a push for her peers and their work to receive more recognition.
Works written decades ago, often by female Jewish immigrants, were dismissed as insignificant or unmarketable. But in the past several years, translators devoted to the literature are making it available to a wider readership.
“Love bombing,” “gaslighting,” “emotional labor.” On the pathologizing of everyday behaviors.
Why linguists encourage what grammarians won’t.
An extensive study of ancient DNA suggests that a wave of newcomers — and perhaps the first Celtic languages — crossed the English Channel three millenniums ago.
Readers are worried about the precedent set by Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal. Also: The A.M.A., on the power of language.
For decades this social critic has addressed the powerful influence of media, consumerism and politics. Her work anticipated how images and ideas are now disseminated.
Perhaps no other word of the moment is so under attack as “woke.”
The language you use could make a difference on the pain you feel.
In the 19th century, the use of grandiloquent, fanciful words was all the rage, which proves that overcomplicating things has always been funny. And is it a uniquely American phenomenon? Some linguists believe so.
Our language is a feast for the linguist’s ear.
Amid an explosion of Covid-related wordplay, the publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary crowns “vax.”
This subject is debatable.
“The Writing of the Gods,” by Edward Dolnick, offers a fresh account of the discovery in Egypt of the giant slab, and of the competition to decipher its symbols.
“Waiata/Anthems,” Lorde’s “Te Ao Marama” EP and a host of other projects are aimed at revitalizing the Indigenous language of New Zealand via music.
The language police have gone too far.
Some readers find the new usage of “they” confusing and offer other options such as “que” and “s/he.”
The government calls the new measure necessary for the survival of French, while critics say it stigmatizes bilingualism and is bad for business.
He and his wife and collaborator made headlines with their finding that they could communicate with a young ape using the language of the deaf.
The organization acknowledged that changing references from women to people was a mistake — albeit a well-intentioned one.
Embrace “they” for “he” or “she.” Pronoun history is fluid.
‘My uncle is a lawyer, but my aunt has a spoon’ is not useful language instruction.
Dictionaries reward you for paying attention, both to the things you consume and to your own curiosity.
A movement against Western influence threatens to close off a nation that succeeded in part by welcoming new ideas.
Languages that contain only “he” and “she” pronouns pose problems for communicating about gender identity. Here’s how some language teachers are helping.
To understand the process of name signing, a Times team turned to people who knew it best.
A coarsening in our language? No, I hear a flowering of deference.
Building on the work of Noam Chomsky, she designed elegant experiments to show that syntax is hard-wired into the human brain.
She gave them a sense of identity and culture and helped legitimize American Sign Language, which she considered her native language.
The committee suggested that the aviation administration replace words and phrases including “cockpit” and “man-made” with terms like “flight deck” and “manufactured.”
A Google fact box singled out Kannada, a language spoken in the country’s south. The faux pas highlights the algorithm’s fallibility.
David Diop, an International Booker Prize finalist for his novel “At Night All Blood Is Black,” is among the writers whose work is helping France face its history with Africa.