Professor examines convergence of languages, cultures in Chinese Inner Asia
When Arienne Dwyer identified an area in Chinese Inner Asia as a language convergence zone some 19 years ago, she discovered that the grammars of unrelated languages had grown to resemble one another. Moreover, when some ...
Many-headed dog, goddess lend names to Pluto moons
Pluto's fourth and fifth moons, discovered in 2011 and 2012, have been named Kerberos and Styx, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) said on Tuesday.
Asian neighborhoods: Separate but equal
Asians – recently found to be the fastest growing minority group in the U.S. – have been described as the least segregated minority group in the U.S. In fact, Chinese and Indians are segregated almost as highly as Hispanics, ...
New language discovery reveals linguistic insights
A new language has been discovered in a remote Indigenous community in northern Australia that is generated from a unique combination of elements from other languages. Light Warlpiri has been documented by University of Michigan ...
Multilingual survey research: Do poor translations cause bias?
Survey results may be biased in multilingual research if consumers are unfamiliar with translated terms, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research.
Linguist study finds core group of words has survived for 15,000 years
Can one buy the right to name a planet? IAU responds
In the light of recent events, where the possibility of buying the rights to name exoplanets has been advertised, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) wishes to inform the public that such schemes have ...
Professors claim the English language derives from Scandinavia
Two leading Professors have rejected the idea that English descends from Anglo-Saxon, and instead claim they have proof that its origin derives from Scandinavia.
Flexible learning system allows humans to keep up with linguistic change, researchers find
(Phys.org)—Unlike other species, humans speak to each other in remarkably diverse ways. Some of our 6,000 to 8,000 languages use clicks (!Kung). Others don't differentiate between nouns and verbs (Straits Salish). Still ...
Japan firm launches real-time telephone translation
Japan's biggest mobile operator said Monday it will launch a translation service that lets people chat over the telephone in several different languages.
Powerful tool to fight wildlife crime unveiled
A free high-tech tool to combat the wildlife poaching crisis was offered to grassroots rangers by a consortium of conservation organizations at the World Conservation Congress.
Language diversity will make London a true global player
Understanding linguistic diversity among London's schoolchildren is key for the city's future as a 'global player', research shows. A study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) mapped the distribution ...
Google online translation tops 200 mln users
Google Translate marked its sixth birthday on Thursday with news that more than 200 million people use the free online translation service monthly.
US explains foreign policy to Twitter followers
The US State Department on Friday launched a new high-tech form of outreach to the international community when it took questions on foreign policy from Twitter followers in different languages.