The capacity for language is built upon our ability to understand combinations of words and the relationships between them, but the evolutionary history of this ability is little understood. Now, researchers from the University of Warwick have managed to date this capacity to at least 30-40 million years ago, the last common ancestor of monkeys, apes and humans.
Dr Adriano R. Lameira, from the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick, has been awarded a prestigious UKRI Future Leader Fellowship, for his project: The ape and the first word: Understanding the origins and evolution of the first linguistic structures in the human clade through comparative research.
Warwick dialect expert Esther Asprey of the Centre for Applied Linguistics will be celebrating the voices of the Black Country in a new episode of the BBC Radio 4 series, “Tongue and Talk: the Dialect Poets.” In conversation with presenter and poet Emma Purshouse, Dr Asprey discusses the origins of the dialect and talks about what it means to write in dialect, how we represent sound through spelling choices, and the pressure poets can feel on a national level to use Standard English.
More than words: Migration, Identity, and Translation Network public summit calls for action to tackle the monolingual mindset and language exclusion
Academics, practitioners and activists meeting at the University of Warwick call for language teaching and learning to be seen as essential in today’s global society and urge policymakers to adopt a national and international strategy to break the monolingual mindset which can limit access to social and economic opportunity and wellbeing.