language

Imagine that you all of a sudden found yourself in utter darkness. Unable to see, in complete silence unable to hear, with your tongue tied unable to speak, and with your senses of taste and smell gone, too. Your only remaining connection to the world is through your sense of...

When immigrant children act as translators for adult family members are they being ‘parentified’, or is this a family care practice? The issue of ‘child language brokering’ was the keynote talk by Professor Sarah Crafter at the inaugural Festival of Psychology this...

Analyzing political speech is a worthwhile way to study pronouns, especially when we understand how they work from a neuroscientific perspective. Pronoun use can be both subtle and profound so it’s worth exploring the topic more deeply, especially since it’s such a rich and...

There’s an oft-quoted estimate, by François Grosjean, that over half of the world use more than one language. That may not seem to apply to the UK at first glance – only 7.7 per cent of the population report using a language other than English from the Census – but the...

Over the years, we've published some fascinating stuff on language: how we speak, write, language and thought, the importance of metaphors etc. Here's a selection of links:

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In an ethnically diverse suburb of London, layered with rows of semi-detached bungalows and the odd corner shop, lay the massive comprehensive school that had invited us to collect some data. Having passed security checks, we wound our way through the long corridors to a...

I have been an avid reader of The Psychologist since graduating in 1996, and I was both interested and excited to finally see an article on the subject of second language learning (‘...

Peter Kevin Spink is a psychologist based in the Centre for Public Administration and Government Studies, Getulio Vargas Foundation, São Paulo, Brazil. His new book, Beyond Public Policy: A Public Action...

Language has always fascinated me. As a child, I was intrigued and eager to learn about grammatical rules and syntax, and I gradually developed an interest for foreign languages. I was captivated by the idioms and stresses, the sounds and rhythms. Later, I started studying...

The field of psychology is founded upon concepts – from ‘memory’ and ‘perception’ to ‘depression’ and ‘wellbeing’. Its central task is to define these, tease apart their dynamics, and assess how they manifest in people’s lives. Given that, a significant thought arises: the...