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

Feb 2nd 2020, 8:30 AM 14,564 Views 6 Comments

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

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

Apr 24th 2016, 11:00 AM 12,026 Views 0 Comments

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

Someone finally explained why you think Taylor Swift is singing 'Starbucks lovers'
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Someone finally explained why you think Taylor Swift is singing 'Starbucks lovers'

Nov 13th 2015, 11:56 AM 30,924 Views 9 Comments

This will put you at ease.

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

Sep 21st 2014, 8:30 AM 98 Views 8 Comments

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

Column: How social media is changing language
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# Language

Column: How social media is changing language

Aug 4th 2014, 8:30 AM 1,772 Views 27 Comments

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.

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

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

Jul 7th 2014, 7:30 PM 722 Views 26 Comments

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

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

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

Apr 1st 2014, 7:00 AM 1,632 Views 156 Comments

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.

Column: What does ‘I love you’ mean?
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# Lost In Translation

Column: What does ‘I love you’ mean?

Mar 29th 2014, 7:00 PM 169 Views 29 Comments

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.

13 of the English language's most delightful collective nouns
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13 of the English language's most delightful collective nouns

Jan 8th 2014, 9:30 PM 38,907 Views 93 Comments

A wunch of bankers?

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

Jul 14th 2013, 7:30 PM 8,948 Views 39 Comments

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.

Toddlers' speech is far more advanced than previously thought
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# Mouths Of Babes

Toddlers' speech is far more advanced than previously thought

Jun 17th 2013, 7:52 PM 16,134 Views 23 Comments

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

Column: What does ‘feck’ really mean?
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Column: What does ‘feck’ really mean?

Oct 6th 2012, 7:00 PM 29,203 Views 39 Comments

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)

Ukraine adopts controversial language bill
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# Language

Ukraine adopts controversial language bill

Aug 8th 2012, 4:55 PM 6,524 Views 5 Comments

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.

Babies can understand meaning of words from 6 months - study
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Babies can understand meaning of words from 6 months - study

Feb 14th 2012, 11:00 AM 2,550 Views 12 Comments

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