July 2023

Language and Cognition

The human ability to communicate through language is truly astounding. It begs the question of why no other animal species can communicate as humans can, and the study of language, alongside psychology, can point us towards evidence why other animals might not possess similar linguistic capabilities. Comparisons with apes have provided promising theories of language, […]

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Entangled Etymologies: Separating Fact From Fiction

If you pick up a baby name book while browsing the shelves of a charity shop, you are likely to come across slapdash etymological work. Whether it’s claiming that Claudia comes not from claudus (‘lame’) but from clausura (‘closure’), or confusing the etymologies of Helen and Eleanor, these books sell names to prospective parents –

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