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Baby seals sing bass notes when they want attention
Young harbour seals can switch up their tone of voice for added drama.
From Chicagoan to Phoenician, here’s what to call the residents of the biggest US cities
What did you call me?!
Like humans, naked mole-rats have regional accents
They speak the Queen’s English, so to speak.
Local languages are dying out and taking invaluable knowledge with them
Rare, rural vocabularies hold the keys to centuries-old questions about nature, human migration, and more.
If monkeys could speak, they’d probably be trolls
Asif Ghazanfar matches macaque behavior to discernible sounds.
The Sims’ language has surprisingly scientific origins
Robi Kauker helped improvise a nonsense vocabulary for the popular game. The process was ‘stupid hard.’
Why is it so hard for us to get peoples’ pronouns right?
Singular ‘they’ is becoming more of a vernacular mainstay—but there’s cultural resistance.
How you say “coffee” or “tea” depends on ancient trade routes
Are you more of a koffie or te person?
Did we mishear Neil Armstrong’s famous first words on the Moon?
A linguist looks into the missing 'a.'
Gmail now finishes your sentences, and the results are better than expected
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