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.