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#linguistics

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Column: How does colour affect our way of seeing the world? Language

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.

From TheJournal.ie Column: How social media is changing language Language

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.

From TheJournal.ie Video: Error-laden pidgin or creative creole? The Irish of the Gaelscoil Irish

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?

From TheJournal.ie Column: Let’s stop the blame game about learning Irish Language

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.

From TheJournal.ie Column: What does ‘I love you’ mean? Lost In Translation

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.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Yola and Fingalian – the forgotten ancient English dialects of Ireland Opinion

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.

From TheJournal.ie Toddlers' speech is far more advanced than previously thought Mouths Of Babes

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.

From TheJournal.ie Column: What does ‘feck’ really mean? Read Me

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)

From TheJournal.ie Ukraine adopts controversial language bill Language

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.

From TheJournal.ie Babies can understand meaning of words from 6 months - study Coochy Coo

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.