China recognises over 50 minority languages spoken by millions of the nation’s people, with each unrelated to Mandarin. Government policies designed to support those languages – such as installing bilingual street signs in areas where those languages are spoken widely – have been implemented with varying degrees of success.
Learning music is associated with many things, but until recently it wasn’t correlated with statistical ability. Dr Pragati R Mandikal Vasuki has been teasing out the exact nature of this correlation and what it might mean.
Living in Australia for an extended period of time offers opportunities for language learning, skills acquisition, and cultural exchange. In 2015, over 14,000 young German nationals embarked on a work and travel gap year, constituting the largest group of working holidaymakers from a non-English speaking background.
To investigate children’s linguistic knowledge, our researchers employ different kinds of experimental techniques but the experiments are always embedded in games that are fun for children.
People travel for all sorts of reasons and often find themselves in unfamiliar cultural settings. Increasing numbers of professionals are having to learn language skills that encompass far more than just verbal and written communication. Professor Lynda Yates investigates the nuanced ways in which we work and how difficult it can be to communicate in a culturally different workplace.