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We’re living in the bizarre world that Flaubert envisioned

Susanna Lee, Georgetown University Are we all trapped in a live-action version of Flaubert’s “Madame Bovary”? The Jan. 3 assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was...

7 reasons to learn a foreign language

Kathleen Stein-Smith, Fairleigh Dickinson University Half of the world population is bilingual, but only 25% of Americans can hold a conversation in another language. Changing...

Examining how primates make vowel sounds pushes timeline for speech evolution...

Thomas R. Sawallis, University of Alabama and Louis-Jean Boë, Université Grenoble Alpes Sound doesn’t fossilize. Language doesn’t either. Even when writing systems have developed, they’ve represented...

WTF? Slurs offend young adults more than swearing

Benjamin Bergen, University of California San Diego In 1972, the comedian George Carlin performed a comedy routine in which he listed the seven words you...

Which cheek and how many? In France and beyond, a kiss...

Mathieu Avanzi, Sorbonne Université In the English-speaking world, friends and family generally greet each other with a wave, handshake or hug, depending on their degree...

Your political views can predict how you pronounce certain words

Zachary Jaggers, University of Oregon Politics can predict the TV shows we watch, the shops we frequent and the places we live. But what about the...

One skill that doesn’t deteriorate with age

Roger J. Kreuz, University of Memphis When Toni Morrison died on Aug. 5, the world lost one of its most influential literary voices. But Morrison wasn’t...

Curious Kids: Why do we say ‘OK’?

Elly van Gelderen, Arizona State University Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert...

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Heroes and American politics

Bruce Peabody, Fairleigh Dickinson University Who counts as a hero in the 21st century? How is heroism adapting to an age...