Sometimes when we say "you," we really mean "me"

When I Say "You" But Really Mean "Me"

In some cases, the use of the second-person pronoun could help us put distance between ourselves and negative emotions

Microscope not included.

This Necklace Contains All of the World’s Languages

Because cultural preservation never goes out of fashion

Don't see a word you like? Make one up!

Austria’s Word of the Year Has 52 Letters

<i>Bundespraesidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung</i> isn’t just a mouthful—it tells an annoying political story

How does language influence our thoughts? Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner in "Arrival."

Does the Linguistic Theory at the Center of the Film ‘Arrival’ Have Any Merit?

We asked a Smithsonian linguist and an anthropologist to debate the matter

Researchers Find Word Optimism Is Linked to National Misery

Even Pollyanna changes her tune in times of war and economic hardship

The Evpatoria radio telescope RT-70 and the Long Range Space Communications Center, which were used for one of the most ambitious efforts at extraterrestrial communication.

How a Couple of Guys Built the Most Ambitious Alien Outreach Project Ever

You might think it takes vast governmental resources to launch an extraterrestrial communication effort. Nope

The only one who really understands me.

Dogs Know When You're Praising Them. That Doesn't Mean They Understand Human Speech

A dose of caution with the results of an intriguing new study

A selection of "Emotikis" inspired by Maori culture and traditions.

Emotikis and New Keyboards Bring Indigenous Cultures to Text Messaging

From Maori emojis to First Nations languages

A set of the volumes published by 2010 of the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae

This Latin Thesaurus Has Been in Progress Since 1894

Scholars are still working on the letter "N"

A club from Massachusetts in the shape of a fish, probably Atlantic sturgeon, dates to about 1750. The area was previously thought to have only one language at the time of European contact, but new research reveals there were five Native American languages were spoken in the Connecticut Valley of central Massachusetts.

Five Lost Languages Rediscovered in Massachusetts

Smithsonian linguist Ives Goddard finds that the Native Americans of central Massachusetts spoke five languages instead of one

Only about 2,000 people speak Lakota.

This News Website Is a Lakota-Speaker’s “Dream” could help preserve a threatened language

Here’s Why French People Are Getting Riled Up About the Circumflex

Little accent, big debate

New research shows that magical tales have an even longer history than previously suspected.

Fairy Tales Could Be Older Than You Ever Imagined

Jack may have been climbing that beanstalk for more than 5,000 years

There’s a Philly Sign Language Accent

The unique signs used by people in Philadelphia hint at the history of sign language in the U.S.

"Full Blood Resurrection" and Other Gaming Terms Are Entering Chinese Vernacular

As online gaming is so popular in China, it’s changing the way people talk.

Teenage Girls Have Led Language Innovation for Centuries

They've been on the cutting edge of the English language since at least the 1500s

A screenshot of the Tone Analyzer at work

IBM's Tone Analyzer Could Save You From Sending That Awkward Email

The new service, part of IBM's Watson artificial intelligence system, scans emails for emotions like cheerfulness or negativity

A screen shot from a video about how Indo-European languages spread around the globe.

Half of All Languages Come From This One Root Tongue. Here’s How it Conquered the Earth.

Today, three billion people speak Indo-European langauges

Gustavia, St. Barths

St. Barts Is Like the Galapagos for Linguistic Diversity

Beyond the glitz of tourism, St. Barts natives speak in unique varieties of French

How the Word “OK” Was Invented 175 Years Ago

OK is an editorial joke run wild

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