Linguistics: A Short Introduction to the Beating Heart of Human Communications

Everyday conversation may convey different meanings to you and your friends. Image by Jusben

Linguistics encompasses topics ranging from morphology to phonology and syntax – by using these tools, we can examine how we communicate with one another.

Steven Pinker on the Consequences of Semantics in Politics

President Obama and Biden Await Updates on bin Laden. Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons.

Semantics and politics go hand-in-hand. Does it matter how you say something, and how do connotations affect political speech and concepts as we know them?

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Slash as a Slang Word: Use and Significance

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Slash: It’s a new slang term, and it’s unusual. We’re constantly inventing new nouns and verbs, but a new conjunction added to everyday language is not something you see every day.

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Slang: Humans’ Linguistic Creativity at Work, Not Linguistic Corruption

Slang is everywhere, and we all use it for different reasons. Why do you use slang? Image by Decoded Science

Is slang a corruption of the English Language, or is it simply another form of linguistic creativity? English professor and linguist Anne Curzan shares her perspective with Decoded Science.

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Brain Simulates Actions in Language Processing and Production

Our brains simulate language actions. Image by Adrian McGarry

New research shows that our brains process events and mentally simulate actions in a different fashion – and in different areas – than we thought before.

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