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Exploring the relationship between language and society.
Valerie Fridland Ph.D.
Ever wonder how "hello" got to be our go-to greeting? A famous rivalry made "hello" what it is today.
Research on sound symbolism suggests that saying the 'ee' vowel sound in words like 'happy' or 'feelings' can actually make us feel more positive.
How a simple little term morphed into a call for social justice and became a viral cultural phenomenon.
Tired of not getting heard? What research on mansplaining and manterruptions can tell us about how to manage the conversational floor.
Every year, language experts and word nerds gather to ask: Which new words best sum up our collective experiences and anxieties?
Soon, repeating a sentence or counting from 50 to 70 into a smartphone app may be an easy way to detect changes associated with COVID infection.
Baffled by the language of teenagers? Here's how teen talk may influence them in adulthood.
Why do masks sometimes make it more difficult to get across what we are trying to say? We can turn to speech science for an answer—as well as strategies for making masked communication easier and more productive.
Why the fuss over names like the Dixie Chicks and Lady Antebellum? Some words have become painful reminders of a problematic past.
What if the sound of your voice could identify early COVID-19 infection? New research from MIT scientists suggests it provides a potentially critical clue.
The long tradition of treating women’s talk as untrustworthy and trivial—and its consequences for women today.
The credibility, employability, or criminality we assign to voices can have a very real impact on those who happen to speak (or even just look like they speak) certain dialects.
Valerie Fridland, Ph.D., is Professor of Linguistics and former Director of Graduate Studies in the English Department at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her work focuses on the relationship between language and society.