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.

01/08/2013

In its 23rd annual words of the year vote, the American Dialect Society voted “hashtag” as the word of the year for 2012. Hashtag refers to the practice used on Twitter for marking topics or making commentary by means of a hash symbol (#) followed by a word or phrase.

12/28/2012

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAA) will meet in Boston February 14-18 at the Hynes Convention Center. An enormous range of topics on science and science education will be presented.

12/20/2012

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $1.9 million to the University of Alaska Fairbanks linguistics program.

12/17/2012

Home to around 800 different languages, New York is a delight for linguists, but also provides a rich hunting ground for those trying to document languages threatened with extinction.  It is not just a city where many languages live, it is also a place where languages go to die, the final de

12/04/2012

Words like “organism” and “photosynthesis” — to say nothing of more obscure and harder-to-spell terms — have no single widely accepted equivalent in sign language.  Crowdsourcing projects in both American Sign Language and British Sign Language are under way at several universities, enabling

12/03/2012

Do Washingtonians share a particular way of speaking?  Is there such a thing as a specifically D.C.

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