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


Babylonian bounces back

29 Sep 2010

Almost 2,000 years after its last native speakers disappeared, the sound of Ancient Babylonian is being lined up for an unlikely comeback, in an...

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Cambridge becomes a home for Ukrainian Studies

28 Sep 2010

A major gift from prominent Ukrainian businessman Dmitry Firtash to the University of Cambridge has permanently endowed Western Europe's premier...

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endangered culture

An endangered culture, on top of the world

12 Aug 2010

A project to document the unique language and culture of a remote Inuit community which is threatened by the effects of climate change is being...

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Trabzon area of Turkey

Against all odds: archaic Greek in a modern world

01 Jul 2010

An endangered Greek dialect spoken in Turkey has been identified by Dr Ioanna Sitaridou as a "linguistic goldmine" because of its closeness to a...

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The educational neuroscience of dyslexia and dyscalculia

01 Jan 2010

For some children, acquiring the important skills of learning to read or do arithmetic is fraught with difficulty. Educational neuroscience is...

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Frontispace of Vaugelas's Remarques sur la langue française (1647)

Le bon usage: using French correctly

01 Jan 2010

The purity and linguistic correctness of the French language has been closely guarded by the French for centuries. Professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett is...

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Recitation of oral texts

Voices of vanishing worlds

28 Sep 2009

A new project is recording and making accessible the endangered oral literatures of indigenous peoples before they are lost forever.

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Ancient Greek writing

Greek Grammar to fill the gap

27 May 2009

A new Grammar will be the first comprehensive description of the medieval and early modern Greek language.

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Magnetic resonance image of the mouth, ear and brain

Asking ‘are you awake?’ with brain imaging

08 Feb 2008

Even though we might be able to hear someone speaking, our powers for understanding what is actually being said switch off as we go to sleep.

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Can a voice identify a criminal?

01 Sep 2007

Innovative research in the Department of Linguistics suggests that dynamic features of speech could provide a clue to forensic speaker identification...

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