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The Psychology of Language: Why Are Some Words More Persuasive Than Others?

What's actually going on in the brain when it processes language? And if words affect the mind in different ways, are some more persuasive than others? Buffer cofounder Leo Widrich dives into what the research has to say about this and more.

THE SECRET LIFE OF LANGUAGE: A WORLD WITHOUT WORDS

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor woke up one morning in 1996 with a terrible headache, but she decided to get on her cardio glider anyway. Since she didn’t experience pain that often, she figured that the best way to deal with it was to ignore it.

Linguistic imperialism alive and kicking

US and UK policy to promote English language teaching expertise around the world is undermining multilingualism and education opportunities

Well, it all depends on what you mean by war

'The first casualty when war comes is truth,' said Hiram Warren Johnson in a speech to the US Senate in 1917. He might have added that the second is language.

Military-speak is full of jargon and euphemisms, and with this in mind we ran a glossary of terms recently in the current conflict - 'asymmetrical warfare', 'Ground Zero', that old favourite 'collateral damage', and the Arabic word 'jihad'.

Losing your first language? Here’s how to rediscover your voice

Expats are often shaky in their mother tongue. But fear not: the fight in the brain known as language attrition can be stopped 

 Monika Schmid is a professor in linguistics at the University of Essex

When a former PhD candidate recently asked me to write a reference for her, I found myself facing an unexpected dilemma. She is a wonderful person and a brilliant scientist whom any employer should consider themselves lucky to recruit, and I’m delighted to provide a reference saying just that.