Articles about language
Why are languages disappearing, and why should we be concerned?
An overview of Noam Chomsky's theory about the unique ability of human children to learn to speak a language.
In 1494, the Treaty of Tordesillas granted Spain exclusive exploration rights west of a line running close to the 46th meridian. This determined the future of Spanish colonization of the New World, and the resulting geographical distribution of the Spanish language.
Throughout its 500 year history the development of the French language in Canada has involved a tangled web of linguistic, political and social issues.
An overview of the stages babies go through at various ages when they learn to speak
What an English learner needs to know before taking the IELTS Examination
How a piece of broken stone from the rubble of an old fort became a vital key to reading Egyptian hieroglyphics.
The Greek gods were immortal because they ate ambrosia and drank nectar, served to them by Hebe the goddess of youth. But what exactly were these magic substances?
Considered one of the world's most intelligent species, these stunning black and white sea mammals were regarded as sacred by the ancient Nazca, and according to Pacific Northwest mythology they were wolves who became whales to sing the history of the Earth.
Remembrance Day originated in the outpouring of grief at the end of World War I, the "war to end all wars". That grief is also reflected in the work of the World War One poets, the greatest of which is Wilfred Owen.
This satirical musical from the creators of South Park deals with unlikely topics from the history of an evangelical religious movement to female genital mutilation.
Many years ago when I first traveled by plane, flying was a luxurious experience. Passengers relaxed in comfortable seats and were plied with food and drink by obliging cabin attendants.
But that was in another era. Nowadays plane seats have shrunk in size...