Articles for Linguistic research

Study suggests that no matter how fast or slow people speak in different languages the rate of information transfer is the same

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Language science has focused for so long on things like grammatical complexity that information about “transfer rate” has been mostly overlooked, says evolutionary linguist François Pellegrino, from the University of Lyon, co-author of a study on this topic published in ...

“Planet Word”, an interactive museum dedicated to language, opening up soon in Washington DC

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village "Planet Word", opening up in Washington DC on October 22, 2020, will be an interactive center dedicated to language arts. Its mission is to inspire a love of words and language and the project is grounded in the belief that ...

Ludwig Wittgenstein’s theory of language made simple – and fun – by philosopher Alain de Botton

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Much has been said and written about Ludwig Wittgenstein and his theory of language, but the video narrated by British philosopher and author Alain de Botton provides a fresh and playful take on his complex background, life, philosophy, and vision ...

Beyond the battle, far from the frontline: a call from linguists for non-war-related ways of talking about Covid-19

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village The coronavirus pandemic has led to an explosion of new words and phrases, both in English and in other languages. We have written about the new lexicon, and how it is helping people to make sense of the changes in ...

Scientists have a new theory about why languages don’t all have the same number of terms for colours

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Recent research by Ted Gibson, Professor of Cognitive Science at the MIT, and Bevil R. Conway, Investigator at the National Eye Institute's Sensation, Cognition, Action Unit, NIH, aimed to understand why cultures vary so much in their color word usage. ...