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# linguistics - Sunday 2 February, 2020

The Irish For: Was Dracula's name inspired by Gaeilge? Probably not, but coincidence can be lovely

There are plenty of linguistic similarities between Irish and other languages.

# linguistics - Sunday 24 April, 2016

From The Daily Edge 8 Irish words and phrases that English just can't match Mblíp Mblíp

8 Irish words and phrases that English just can't match

There’s a word for ‘trying to talk while bawling crying’.

# linguistics - Friday 13 November, 2015

From The Daily Edge Someone finally explained why you think Taylor Swift is singing 'Starbucks lovers' Mondegreen

# linguistics - Sunday 21 September, 2014

Column: How does colour affect our way of seeing the world?

Language affects worldview in minuscule ways, as a study of colour perception has shown.

# linguistics - Monday 4 August, 2014

Column: How social media is changing language

Pay attention to discussions in your social networks and you can spot emerging new words, new uses of words — and maybe even coin one yourself.

# linguistics - Monday 7 July, 2014

Video: Error-laden pidgin or creative creole? The Irish of the Gaelscoil

Is the mixture of Irish vocabulary and English grammar spoken by students in immersion courses simply incorrect language… or a linguistic gem?

# linguistics - Tuesday 1 April, 2014

Column: Let’s stop the blame game about learning Irish

Recognising Ireland’s place in an international context allows us to explore the real reasons for our widespread weakness in learning Irish, as well as foreign languages, writes Dermot McNally.

# linguistics - Saturday 29 March, 2014

Column: What does ‘I love you’ mean?

I am Spanish. My husband is American. The first time I realised emotion words may not mean the same thing in different languages was when he first told me “I love you”, writes Cristina Soriano.

# linguistics - Wednesday 8 January, 2014

From The Daily Edge 13 of the English language's most delightful collective nouns Superfluity Of Nuns

# linguistics - Sunday 14 July, 2013

Column: Yola and Fingalian – the forgotten ancient English dialects of Ireland

Yola was a fascinating mediaeval English dialect only spoken in Wexford which, along with Fingallian in Co Dublin, demonstrates the rich, multicultural society that was ancient Ireland, writes Damian Shiels.

# linguistics - Monday 17 June, 2013

Toddlers' speech is far more advanced than previously thought

The sound of toddlers babbling might seem like random sounds but is actually much more sophisticated than previously thought, according to a new study.

# linguistics - Saturday 6 October, 2012

Column: What does ‘feck’ really mean?

It’s practically our national swearword – but what do we mean when we say ‘feck’? And where did it come from? Stan Carey explains. (Contains strong language)

# linguistics - Wednesday 8 August, 2012

Ukraine adopts controversial language bill

Opponents say the law could upset Ukraine’s fragile linguistic balance and is a cheap ploy by the President to win votes ahead of October’s parliamentary elections.

# linguistics - Tuesday 14 February, 2012

Babies can understand meaning of words from 6 months - study

New research indicates that infants as young as six months can understand the meaning of full words – twice as early as previously believed.