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Why Did Humans Develop So Many Different Languages?

New research suggests that there could be some method to the apparent madness of how different languages form. The key may lie in the environment in …

Why grammar pedants miss the point

The cause of good writing is not served by griping pedants, writes Steven Pinker.<p>Many people have strong opinions on the quality of language today. They write books and articles deploring it, fire off letters to the editor and call in to radio talk shows with their criticisms and complaints. Their …

Grammar

11 Facts Yü Should Know About the Umlaut

1. The word “umlaut” comes from one of the Brothers Grimm.<p>Jacob Grimm was not only a collector of fairy tales (along with his brother Wilhelm), but …

The equivalent of “It’s all Greek to me” in 30 other languages

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Language

Can Dying Languages Be Saved? | The New Yorker

It is a singular fate to be the last of one’s kind. That is the fate of the men and women, nearly all of them elderly, who are—like Marie Wilcox, of California; Gyani Maiya Sen, of Nepal; Verdena Parker, of Oregon; and Charlie Mungulda, of Australia—the last known speakers of a language: Wukchumni, …

Linguistics

These Fascinating Maps Show The Origin Of Words We Use All The Time

U.S. playwright Rita Mae Brown said: "Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going."<p>That quote comes to mind looking at these fascinating European etymology maps of various commons words posted by reddit user sp07, which provide a kind of …

Maps

What Can Linguistics Tell Us About Writing Better? An Interview with Steven Pinker.

<i>I talked recently with Steven Pinker, author of The Language Instinct and other books about language and the mind, about his new book, The Sense of</i> …

The Linguistic Diversity of Aboriginal Europe

What was Europe like, linguistically speaking, between the end of the last ice age and the coming of the Indo-European languages? This question has …

What the World Will Speak in 2115

A century from now, expect fewer but simpler languages on every continent<p>In 1880 a Bavarian priest created a language that he hoped the whole world could use. He mixed words from French, German and English and gave his creation the name Volapük, which didn’t do it any favors. Worse, Volapük was …

Linguistics

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This is because it was advertisement feature content that was published as part of a commercial deal and funded by an advertiser.<p>It is Guardian News and Media policy to take down paid-for content at the end of these deals.<p>Click here for more on our commercial content guidelines.<p>If you want to …

Propaganda

Do you speak Uglish? How English has evolved in Uganda

A book has attempted to an unlock ‘one of the funniest and strangest English varieties in the world’. Are you a Uglish speaker? Or fond of another type of colloquialism? Tell us about it<p>Please don’t dirten my shirt with your muddy hands.<p>Stop cowardising and go and see that girl. Don’t just beep her …

Language

Scientists Translate Monkey Sounds To English

Monkeys not only have language, but distinct local dialects. Research into the variations could throw light on both our own linguistics and the way …

This graphic explains the differences between how the Chinese and English languages explain colors

A new vibrant graphic created by Muyueh Lee shows the very distinct differences between how the English language and the Chinese language explain …

Hi-tech schools rescuing an ancient language

<b>Technology and education have a long, complicated and sometimes exaggerated relationship.</b><p>There's a school of thought that seems to suggest if you wave a laptop or something shiny and digital at the classroom, learning will somehow mysteriously improve.<p>Digital technology is associated with the …

Education

Nigeria: Local languages fight for survival

...as found by BBC Monitoring<p><b>Dozens of local languages in Nigeria are under threat because of neglect and outside influences, it's been reported.</b><p>Of Nigeria's 529 official languages, 62 are "in trouble" or "dying", the Lagos-based Guardian newspaper reports. Up to 200 Nigerian languages may be at …

Nigeria

From Salt To Salary: Linguists Take A Page From Science

I am very fortunate to live in a beautiful corner of the world — Lausanne, Switzerland. This medieval city grew out of what was originally a Roman settlement on the shore of Lake Geneva, dating back to the first century BC. It was an important stop-over point on the trading route from western …

Evolution

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Am Jungwortbrunnen

Das Jugendwort des Jahres 2014 wurde gestern bekannt gegeben. Auch in diesem Jahr sind dem Sprachlog die Aufzeichnungen der Beratungen aus den …

So lügt man mit Statistik

Der VDS setzt sich neben wenig erfolgreichen Versuchen, Deutsch als Amtssprache im Grundgesetz zu verankern, seit Jahren auch für eine Quote ein, die …

Languages “Lost” In Infancy Discovered In The Brain

Infants begin to be familiarized with sound patterns associated with certain languages while still in the womb. But what happens to those neural …

Lexical Distance Among the Languages of Europe

This is extremely interesting.Etymologikon™This chart shows the lexical distance — that is, the degree of overall vocabulary divergence — among the …

Linguistics

Was spricht man eigentlich in... DEUTSCHLAND?

Ja klar… Deutsch!<p>Und wieder sind wir bei der ein-Staat-eine-Sprache-Problematik.<p>In Deutschland wird nämlich weitaus mehr als nur Deutsch gesprochen, …

Three European languages that you didn't know existed

What makes linguistic diversity special? Speakers of vulnerable and endangered languages share their stories<p>European Day of Languages: help us to create a picture dictionary of Europe<p>Polyglots and insults: how our European leaders use language<p>Globalisation and cultural homogenisation mean that many …

Linguistics

UM / UH in German

We've previously observed a surprisingly consistent pattern of age and gender effects on the relative frequency of filled pauses (or "hesitation …

The Linguistics of LOL

What Internet vernacular reveals about the evolution of language<p>When two friends created the site I Can Has Cheezburger?, in 2007, to share cat photos with funny, misspelled captions, it was a way of cheering themselves up. They probably weren’t thinking about long-term sociolinguistic …

Language

Can you own a language?

In its first-ever transparency report, the Wikimedia Foundation revealed a handful of odd stories about takedown requests sent to Wikipedia. Among the claims on public-domain books and monkey selfies was a curious request from 2012: that Wikipedia remove a page on the Tasmanian language <i>palawa kani</i>, …

Linguistics