In a world deeply divided, how do we have hard conversations with nuance, curiosity, respect? Veteran reporter Eve Pearlman introduces “dialogue journalism” in this #tedtalk which is a project where journalists go to the heart of social and political divides to support discussions between people who disagree.
English is fast becoming the world’s universal language, and instant translation technology is improving every year. So why bother learning a foreign language? Linguist and Columbia professor John McWhorter shares four alluring benefits of learning an unfamiliar tongue.
This Ted talk is equal parts passionate and hilarious, David Peterson shows how studying, preserving and inventing new languages helps us understand our collective humanity and conveying what it means to be human.
In an exclusive preview of his book ‘The Stuff of Thought’ Steven Pinker looks at how language expresses what goes on in our minds and how the words we choose communicate much more than we realise.
There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language that suggest the answer is a resounding yes.