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Last words: language of China's emperors in peril

Bejing - It was the language of China's last imperial dynasty which ruled a vast kingdom for nearly three centuries. But 71-year-old Ji Jinlu is among only a handful of native Manchu speakers left.

My name? Make it simple: Czechia!

Prague - Czech Republic and/or Czechia? Ever since gaining independence after their peaceful split with Slovakia in 1993, the Czechs have been poring over a correct short form for their country's name.

Fed up with long name, Czech Republic says call us 'Czechia'

Prague - The Czech Republic on Thursday said it was tired of its long and unwieldy name and would like to be called "Czechia" from now on.

Sick, bad, wicked: London's colourful slang on the rise

London - Sitting on the floor of a rehearsal room in east London in leggings, T-shirts and headbands, a group of teenage dancers laughed about how quickly their language changes, rattling off "old" words still unfamiliar to many older English speakers.

French purists vexed at demise of circumflex

Paris - French linguistic purists voiced online anger Thursday at the loss of one of their favourite accents -- the pointy little "circumflex" hat that sits on top of certain vowels.

France to 'modify' AZERTY keyboard to improve French writing

Paris - The French are known for being sticklers about the correct use of language, but they have discovered something is getting in the way of perfect prose: the AZERTY keyboard.

British PM attacks isolation of Muslim women

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron Monday said more needs to be done to help Muslim women learn English to tackle discrimination and gender segregation in their communities.

Op-Ed: People who swear may have greater command of language

New York City - Those who don't swear often tend to regard those who do as resorting to expletives because they are unable to express themselves through a verbal argument. New research turns this upside down, indicating those who swear often have a wider vocabulary.

India's Sanskrit speakers seek to revive 'dead' language

New Delhi - In a tiny flat in a rundown alley in New Delhi, Rakesh Kumar Misra is working against the odds to bring India's ancient Sanskrit language to the country's millions.

Germany names 'refugees' word of year

Berlin - Linguistic experts on Friday named "refugees" the most important word in Germany in 2015, as it has dominated debate in a year when the country is expected to record a million requests for asylum.

S.African students win university language victory

Cape Town - After months of turmoil at South African universities, student protesters on Friday won the right to be taught in English at Stellenbosch University, the intellectual home of Afrikaners during apartheid.

‘Binge-watch’ is word of the year 2015

London - The English language continually evolves, with some words rendered archaic and new words adopted. For 2015, Collins Dictionary has included several words that are, apparently, becoming commonplace.

Using long, complex words doesn't make you look smart

You might think that using long and complex words makes you look smart, but it doesn't, according to new research UCLA Anderson School of Management. Throwing in a complex word can actually make you appear less intelligent.

Google wants your help in making Translate work for refugees

Google is asking the public for help in making its Translate service work better for refugees. It says that the massive influx of refugees into Germany is causing it headaches as German to Arabic is one of the hardest translations for a computer to make.

Peru teen aims to revive Quechua, one pop song at a time

Ayacucho - Renata Flores Rivera has teenage cuteness, a velvety voice and a mission: to revive the Quechua language with songs like "Chaynatam ruwanki cuyanaita" -- better known as "The Way You Make Me Feel.

Study finds school children would rather learn coding than French

A study of UK school children and parents has found most kids would rather be taught how to program than how to speak French. It follows the introduction of a compulsory computing curriculum by the government.

What's in a name? The debate over labelling migrants and refugees

Paris - Are they "migrants" or "refugees"? "Clandestini" or "illegals"? Deciding how to label the huge numbers of people moving around the globe has proved a thorny and politically-loaded question for governments and the media.

Trash talk trumps civility on 2016 campaign trail

Washington - Five months before early primary voting, America's presidential race has devolved into mudslinging, with Republican Donald Trump leading the charge to the bottom by lambasting his many rivals, some of whom are taking the bait and responding in kind.

Language becomes a new frontier in digital commerce

Language has become a new frontier in business. From entrepreneurs and startups to existing SMBs and enterprises, language products and services are on the rise in the global economy.

The Musio AI robot wants to be your helpful 'curious new friend'

A new advanced artificially intelligent robot is seeking funding on Indiegogo. Boasting a unique personality and the ability to talk naturally, Musio wants to be your "curious new friend" with human-level intelligence and the ability to learn information.

Windows 10 will be able to run Android and iOS apps

Microsoft has confirmed at the Build developer conference that Windows 10 will be capable of running apps originally written for Android and iOS. The feature will make it easier for app creators to bring their designs over to Microsoft's platform.

Arabic pledge sparks controversy at New York school

New York - It was intended to celebrate language and diversity. But reading the pledge of allegiance in Arabic at a US high school sparked a furious backlash in upstate New York.

The rise of the real-time translation apps

Translation apps on the internet and phones have got much better at their jobs in recent years and are now used frequently by tourists. A major question remains though: how reliable are they and do they work? A recent BBC report attempts to answer this.

Chimps can learn words for objects

Edinburgh - According to some new research, chimpanzees can learn “words” for objects. This is a new insight into how chimps learn and develop.

Alleged rape victim speaks no English, court assumes she does

A witness testifying before the Inner Crown London Court as part of a serious criminal trial didn't speak much English, and an entire hour passed before anyone realized it.

Lost languages leave a mark on the brain

Washington - Babies adopted across international borders may not remember the language they heard in their first days, but the words leave a lasting mark on their minds, scientists said Monday.

High Court denies damages to French-speaking Ottawa couple

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Air Canada does not have to pay an Ottawa couple that filed suit against the airline because they couldn't be served in their preferred tongue.

Teach English, not Russian in Ukraine schools: president

Lviv - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday risked further angering the Kremlin by suggesting that English lessons replace Russian ones in schools to improve the country's standard of living.

Who are the 'terrorists' the world needs to fight?

Beirut - From Washington and Paris to Tehran and Damascus, it seems everyone agrees on the growing need to fight "terrorism". What exactly the word means is another matter entirely.

Economic growth kills minority languages: Study

Paris - Economic prosperity is the worst enemy of minority languages, said researchers Wednesday who listed parts of Australia and North America as "hotspots" for extinction risk.
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