04/16/2013

LSA member Patricia L. Irwin, a linguist who recently completed her PhD at New York University, has been awarded a New Faculty Fellowship in Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania.

04/12/2013

A new study conducted by linguists at the University of Pennsylvania has shown that children as young as 2 understand basic grammar rules when they first learn to speak and are not simply imitating adults.  The study also applied the same statistical analysis on data from one of the most fam

03/20/2013

In a statement issued by the American Political Science Association, the amendment was characterized as "a devastating blow to the integrity of the scientific process at the National Science Foundation (NSF)." The political science budget at NSF is part of the Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SB

03/12/2013

In a news release issued by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rita Izsak urged world governments to "take significant and urgent efforts to protect both minority communities and their language heritage." In her report to the UN Human Rights Council, Izsak says that "Languag

03/08/2013

View LSA Member and Columbia University linguist John McWhorter give a talk at the 2013 TED Conference in New York, where he makes the case for texting as a brand new way of usi

03/08/2013

According to the Associated Press, linguists say they have determined that a unique sign language, possibly dating back to the 1800s or earlier, is being used in Hawaii, marking the first time in 80 years a previously unknown language — spoken or signed — has been documented in the U.S.

03/04/2013

The National Science Foundation’s Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) began in 1957-58 to collect data continuously on the number and characteristics of individuals receiving research doctoral degrees from all accredited U.S. institutions.

02/12/2013

When physicists look at language, what do they see?

For the five experts in physics who authored a recent paper in the journal Scientific Reports, language looks very much like a gas, with words bouncing around like particles.

02/05/2013

The 73 Member organizations of the Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies, representing 300,000 professionals in language education, research and development, translation, interpreting, localization, and globalization, applaud the D

01/30/2013

Human behavior is Facebook’s business.

Its success is based on understanding how people are wired: how they present themselves, what they remember, whom they trust, and now, how they seek information.

01/29/2013

The identity of a mysterious patient who helped scientists pinpoint the brain region responsible for language has been discovered, researchers report.

01/28/2013

After a 2002 survey of the Oklahoma Cherokee population found that no one under 40 spoke conversational Cherokee, the Cherokee Nation saw an opportunity to use technology to encourage everyday use of the language amon

01/25/2013

One of the greatest lexicographic enterprises of the 20th century has now reached its goal, with publication of the sixth and final volume by Harvard University Press.

01/23/2013

An Aboriginal language crushed under the weight of European colonisation in Australia has been revived.  The Kaurna language once thrived and was spoken by the original inhabitants of Adelaide. But it began to disappear from daily use in South Australia as early as the 1860s.

01/22/2013

Section Z (Linguistics and Language Sciences) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is open to everyone with an interest in human language and how it works, including:

01/17/2013

Since at least the Middle Ages, philosophers and philologists have dreamed of curing natural languages of their flaws by constructing entirely new idioms according to orderly, logical principles.

01/11/2013

On a Spanish island, an ancient whistling language that once seemed to be dying out is now undergoing a revival. 

01/09/2013

Speaking two languages can actually help offset some effects of aging on the brain, a new study has found. Researchers tested how long it took participants to switch from one cognitive task to another, something that’s known to take longer for older adults, said the lead researcher.

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