Opinion: Doctors Privately Use Cruel Words to Describe Their Patients
The field's "professional language" can be pejorative, paternalistic, and aggressive.
Emojis Bridged the Language Barrier Between Me and My Father
They're doing the same for many in households that speak multiple languages.
How ‘Westworld’ Uses Multilingualism to Explore Prejudice
From Japanese to Lakota, the show's foreign language episodes spotlight themes of identity and memory.
14 Kinds of Love That English Doesn't Have a Word For
Love is more complicated than swooning, star-crossed romance.
The Written Word
This Algorithm Creates Its Own Alien Alphabets
The magic of mathematics makes a mysterious glyph that would make Tolkien or Klingon fans proud.
Tower of Babel
This Old School Wearable Puts a Thousand Languages Around Your Neck
Modeled after the Rosetta Stone, this nickel-sized wearable has 1,000 languages on it, including Swahili, Arabic and Hindi.
‘Russia’s Google’ Is Collecting a Database of Rare Languages
Are Duolingo Users Actually Learning Anything Useful?
Addictive language-education apps are essentially mobile games, and they add to your second-language vocabulary. But are users making any real gains toward fluency?
Shitloads and Zingers: The Perils of Machine Translation
"Rather than be defensive about the possibility of being replaced by a machine translator, I am aware of the remarkable feats of which machines are capable."
Indigenous languages are dying in Canada. Here's how people are trying to save them
The fear is that, over time, the vast majority of Canada's Indigenous languages will go extinct. But there's a movement afoot to not just preserve them, but to get them back in active use.
This Entrepreneur Wants to Build a Kurdish Alternative to Google
Egerin is a Kurdish search engine that aims to bring Kurds online and preserve their languages.
Here's Why Windows Users Quit With Alt+F4, Not Alt+Q
It actually makes a lot of sense.