The Search for Non-Binary Pronouns in Chinese

As businesses strive to reach wider audiences, gender-inclusive language has become imperative. Businesses have learned that any association to bigotry, racism, or sexism, however...

Study Highlights Need for Education in Native Language

In one of the largest studies of written language development among bilingual students to date, a team of researchers at universities across the United...

Turkey floats idea of officially changing name to reflect native spelling,...

The Turkish government recently announced plans to change its official name in the United Nations’ registry of country names to “Türkiye,” which more closely resembles the country’s name in the Turkish language.

Kriol interpreting efforts misunderstood in Western Australia and abroad

Earlier this month, Australian politician Mark McGowan received harsh criticism for a video campaign intended to disseminate COVID-19-related information to Aboriginal people living in the state of Western Australia (WA). MultiLingual an Australian interpreter about the video and why the outrage against it is largely unjustified.

Kingdom of Characters: How linguistic innovation turned China into a modern...

Kingdom of Characters, a fascinating new book by Yale University professor and historical scholar Jing Tsu, argues that China's most daunting challenge after its meteoric economic rise over the last century was a linguistic one.

Algospeak: a new language to circumvent AI-powered content moderation

Recently, social media saw the birth of a whole new language coined Algospeak, employing code words and phrases to prevent posts from being removed, demoted in rank, or demonetized by automated content moderation systems. 

Emoji Use May Lead to Intergenerational Miscommunication

What does the “🙂” emoji mean to you? If it’s just a normal, happy-go-lucky smiley face to you — you know, one you might use...

Language advocacy groups outraged over airline’s Afrikaans language test

Ryanair, Europe’s largest airline by number of passengers, has come under a wave of criticism after forcing UK-bound travelers flying with a South African passport to prove their nationality by taking a test in Afrikaans.

SignAloud gloves

When you first read about the SignAloud glove, a high-tech device to automate sign language, it’s easy to feel like the future is finally here. However, although a technological feat, it seems the real needs of the Deaf community might have been overlooked. Is this a feel-good story or not-so-fast? As so often, unfortunately, the reality seems to be a bit more complex.