The most difficult language of the world

Despite being the world’s lingua franca, English is the most difficult European language to learn to read. Children learning other languages master the basic elements of literacy within a year, but British kids take two-and-a-half years to reach the same point.

Language, language and more about language?

A collection of Talks Tagged on Language in TED.com

The Biology of the Language Faculty: Its Perfection, Past and Future

Noam Chomsky, around whose work much of the Syntax series revolves, gives listeners a glimpse into the evolution of his own thinking, with an emphasis on areas of linguistics where computational considerations play a major role.

The Art of Living: The Meaning of Life through Philosophy and Literature

In “The Art of Living,” a first-year Introduction to the Humanities course, three humanities professors examine great works of philosophy and literature to explore what it might take to lead a well-lived life.