The Russian Z: from military identifier to pro-war symbol

All language uses symbols for representation and classification, just like names. But these symbols' meaning can rapidly evolve, and the Russian Z launched during the invasion of Ukraine is a perfect example of such dynamic language significance.

Russian government threatens to block Russian Wikipedia for information on war...

The Russian government has threatened to ban the Russian-language Wikipedia site for its inclusion of “illegally distributed information” about the ongoing war in Ukraine...

French-speaking Ottawa residents file complaints over language access at vaccine clinics

The local government of Ottawa’s French Language Services (FLS) branch saw an increased number of complaints regarding French language services in 2021, according to a report the branch compiled last week.

Journalist’s multilingual coverage of Ukraine conflict goes viral

A reporter for the Associated Press (AP) has received a lot of attention for his multilingual coverage of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. In just a little more than 24 hours, a montage of his coverage for different outlets received more than 14 million views and 114,000 likes on Twitter.

Study sheds light on toddlers’ vocabulary development and COVID-19 lockdowns

A study which is currently in press in the journal Language Development Research found that, among the babies and toddlers studied, children made greater gains in vocabulary size during the early lockdowns than individuals pre-lockdown.

New Mexico introduces bill to increase pay for Native American language...

House Bill (HB) 60 would essentially allow fluent speakers of Native American languages the opportunity to receive a teacher’s salary without needing a teaching credential.

Court of Justice sees case over Tesco food label translations

A court case focused on the British grocery chain Tesco’s food label translations has reached the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the highest court in the EU.

Preply names El Paso the most bilingual city in the US

The most bilingual city in the United States is El Paso, Texas, according to recently released research conducted by e-learning company Preply. Using census data to identify cities with large populations of bilingual individuals, Preply found that about one in five residents of the country’s largest cities is bilingual.

Language researchers, digital archivists receive grants from NEH

Earlier this month, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced that it would be doling out $27.4 million in grants for more than 200 humanities projects throughout the nation — including a project that could be pivotal for preservation of the Cherokee language.