India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants civil servants to communicate in Hindi. But when Indian-American writer Deepak Singh went home to India this summer, it seemed like everyone there wanted to speak English.
Tangier Island off the coast of Virginia seems on a march toward oblivion — in some areas, 15 to 16 feet of land are disappearing each year. Only 470 people live there now, but they have an old English dialect — marked by "backwards talk" — and a history of being home to freed slaves.
When a language goes extinct, it takes a wealth of knowledge about its local environment along with it. A new reports says that may be why languages and biodiversity are declining at similar rates around the world.
The man Lady Gaga called the "mayor of Iceland" is obsessed with language: the language of professional politicians, the language of satire and the restrictive rules in Iceland that prevent him from officially changing his name.
Soccer announcers the world over cry out an elongated form of 'gooooooooooooal!' when a team scores. But that cry originated in Brazil in the 1940s. Reporter Fernanda Santos dug into the origins of the cry.
Last week, Toronto Star reporter Mitch Potter was approached by a group of angry Pro-Russia separatists in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk. He thought he was going to be kidnapped as a foreign journalist. Then, he spoke French.