Stories from Linguistics:

man getting fired

New BYU research shows that when it comes to receiving bad news, most people prefer directness, candor and very little — if any — buffer.

Inspired by Tolkien, Dirk Elzinga created his own language as a teenager. That dabbling eventually led to a career as a linguist: one who is documenting a trio of endangered Native American languages.

Quichua woman placing stones on a table

In the Andes and Amazon Field School, a BYU team is learning and preserving the Quichua language and culture. See this stunning photo essay

It’s no secret that Utahns tend to drop the T in words like “mountain.” BYU linguistics professor David Eddington and student Matthew Savage researched how, exactly, it happens — both physically and socially.