The importance of language is hard to overestimate, yet few of us are aware of the sheer breadth and diversity of language research.

Why teach oracy?

01 Sep 2014

In this article, Professor of Education Neil Mercer argues that ‘talk’ needs tuition; state schools must teach spoken language skills for the sake of...

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Why marvellous isn't awesome any more

27 Aug 2014

Using the Spoken British National Corpus 2014, a very large collection of recordings of real-life, informal, spoken interactions between speakers of...

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Migrant children: the litmus test of our education system

14 Feb 2014

We live in a multilingual society. More than a million children attending British schools speak more than 360 languages between them in addition to...

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Tuning into the melody of speech

15 Oct 2013

In a groundbreaking new study, Cambridge researchers have mapped out the neurobiological basis of a key aspect of human communication: intonation.

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Noises off: the machine that rubs out noise

02 Oct 2013

Future hearing aids could be adjusted by the wearer to remove background noise using new technology that could also be used to clean up and search...

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Comm’portez vous? What phrase books tell us about our past encounters

06 Aug 2013

Will you be speaking Greek, Turkish or Spanish on holiday this summer – or will you rely on the locals having a workable grasp of English? In his...

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Our ambiguous world of words

30 May 2013

Ambiguity in language poses the greatest challenge when it comes to training a computer to understand the written word. Now, new research aims to...

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Welsh Twitter: capturing language change in real time

29 May 2013

A database of Welsh tweets is being used to identify the characteristics of an evolving language.

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What is English?

16 May 2013

English speakers who are 18 or under use the word ‘like’ in conversation over five times as often as speakers who are over 70; ‘because’ is the most...

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Face of the future rears its head

19 Mar 2013

Meet Zoe: a digital talking head which can express human emotions on demand with “unprecedented realism” and could herald a new era of human-computer...

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Mark Turin returning a copy of the grammar of the Thami language to one of his principal research partners and language teachers. Local intellectual Man Bahadur Thami and his daughter on the right. Cokati, Sindhupalcok, Nepal, August 2012.

The vanishing voices of Nepal, Africa – and New York

01 Dec 2012

A Cambridge academic devoted to the documentation of endangered languages has returned to a remote Nepali village to hand over a two-volume...

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Illustration from the Saga of St Olaf, Flateyjarbók, Reykjavik, Iceland

Explore the scary stories of early cultures

31 Oct 2012

Don’t miss the chance to learn about the rich cultures of the early British Isles in a series of free talks and readings at the Faculty of English...

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