Language Language

A banner hangs in the courtyard of a University of Barcelona building that reads, "The future is ours," in Catalan. Students are "occupying" the building ahead of an independence vote. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Lauren Frayer for NPR

For Catalonia's Separatists, Language Is The Key To Identity

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/554327011/554456595" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Jenn Liv for NPR

Research Shows Spanish Speakers Take Longer To Learn English. Why?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/545629043/551339983" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

President Trump gives a speech aboard the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford at its commissioning at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia in July. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Steve Helber/AP

(From left to right) Mackenzie Stamper, Adrian Rodriguez and Luke Ryan attend weekly Suzuki violin lessons with instructor Sara Johnson, part of a training program called MILEStone, or Music Impacting Language Expertise. Andrea Hsu/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Andrea Hsu/NPR

Using Music And Rhythm To Help Kids With Grammar And Language

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/530723046/531099103" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Marina Muun for NPR

Invisibilia: A Man Finds An Explosive Emotion Locked In A Word

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/529876861/531004399" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

"DoggoLingo" is a language trend that's been gaining steam on the Internet in the past few years. Words like doggo, pupper and blep most often accompany a picture or video of a dog and have spread on social media. Chelsea Beck/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Chelsea Beck/NPR

A galley proof shows some of the work that went into adding "ginormous" to Merriam-Webster's 2007 collegiate dictionary. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Charles Krupa/AP

From 'F-Bomb' To 'Photobomb,' How The Dictionary Keeps Up With English

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/524618639/524727759" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Young people have always used language in new and different ways, and it has pretty much always driven older people crazy. Renee Klahr hide caption

toggle caption
Renee Klahr

Why It's Literally Not Wrong To Say 'Literally'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/509035454/554039499" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Linguist Geoff Nunberg argues that the media's decision to bleep or otherwise block out a particular word can result in concealing information the public needs to know. dane_mark/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
dane_mark/Getty Images

Not Fit To Print? When Politicians Talk Dirty, Media Scramble To Sanitize

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/498842384/499321077" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Our Language Has 'Interesting Little Wrinkles,' Linguist Says

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/492674820/492674821" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Earlier studies have found that children who grow up in houses with a TV on many hours a day learn fewer words than children in households with less TV time. Heleen Sitter/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Heleen Sitter/Getty Images

New Words With Quieter Background Chatter

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/486799292/486897939" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Donald Trump delivered a speech on April 27, 2016 in Washington, D.C. using a teleprompter, a "pivot" in style, after saying he wouldn't use one. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Politics, Pundits And The Problem With The Word 'Pivot'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/481604976/481667039" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript