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Speech delays, speech sound development and learning languages child development linguistics Oct 04, 2022

We don’t often understand the process of learning to talk until we need speech and language therapy. But it’s something parents have...

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Everyone is already a linguist - YES even you! language acquisition linguistics Aug 25, 2022

Do you feel like you are 'rubbish at languages’? Over my 20 years as a languages teacher, and the last eleven years running Babel Babies,...

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The meaning of August etymology linguistics Aug 11, 2022

Over 2000 years ago the Romans had their own calendar (based on the preceeding Greek calendar) which was made up of 12 months. Our calendar today...

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Since everyone speaks English, is there much point in learning other languages? language acquisition linguistics May 30, 2022

As a nation, we’re pretty notorious for being “rubbish” at languages. But this wasn’t always the case. Throughout British...

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Why accents exist linguistics May 24, 2022

"Where's your accent from?" It's likely that you've been asked this at some point in your life... Especially as here in the UK we have...

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The meaning of May! etymology languages linguistics May 04, 2022

Welcome to May – hopefully it's the start of the summer here in the UK!

Have you noticed that the word for May is very similar in many...

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Languages are better than ANY available drug for delaying dementia symptoms languages linguistics Feb 17, 2022

Did you know languages help delay the onset of dementia by upto 4 years on average by increasing your ‘COGNITIVE RESERVE’ .

Your...

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"It's raining cats & dogs!" languages linguistics Feb 15, 2022

"It's raining cats and dogs" is the theme of the day in the UK. But where does this peculiar saying come from?

According to omniglot.com (a most...

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The bilingual advantage - taking a closer look child development language acquisition languages linguistics Jan 24, 2022

Does being bilingual make you cleverer?

The science of bilingualism is relatively new, with ever-evolving parameters as neuroscience, behavioural...

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Can monkeys learn to speak? language acquisition linguistics Jan 24, 2022

Have you heard of 'the chimp wars'? Whether or not humans and apes share some of the same language-learning mechanisms is a hotly debated topic.

A...

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Have you heard of translanguaging and wondered what it really means? languages linguistics Apr 20, 2021

Translanguaging is an increasingly popular buzzword in education, but what does it really entail? How can monolingual teachers make use of their...

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How do babies learn what words mean? child development language acquisition linguistics Mar 29, 2021

By 12 months, babies understand about 50 words (Fenson et al., 1994) and by age 6 a typically developing child knows between 9,000 and 14,000...

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