Tam Kozman

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Steven Pinker on the false fronts in the language wars.

Nature or nurture. Love it or leave it. If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.<p>If you didn’t already know that euphonious dichotomies are usually phony …

List of English Words derived from Sanskrit via Latin Greek Persian

One of my friends said, “Look at the rich technical vocabulary of English. Isnt it amazing that today we have so many new words created in English …

Linguistics

American accents in 2050: Can you ID these accents in our quiz?

The sounds of the English language and the way it is spoken has changed over the last 35 years and will likely change even more over the next 35.<p>From …

Language

Researchers discover part of brain that processes speech rhythm

DURHAM, N.C., May 18 (UPI) -- Researchers at Duke University have discovered the region of the brain that processes the rhythms of speech, allowing …

What Languages Reveal about Other Cultures

“A different language is a different vision of life.” – Federico Fellini It sounds like one of those motivational phrases you’d read on a daily quote …

Babblers speak to the origin of language

Australian babblers are capable of phoneme structuring, the first time this has been demonstrated in any non-human animal

Birds

“No problem” vs “you’re welcome”

Speaking of linguistics, there’s one particular linguistic tick that I think clearly separates Baby Boomers from Millennials: how we reply when …

Customer Service

Languages don't all have the same number of terms for colors – scientists have a new theory why

People with standard vision can see millions of distinct colors. But human language categorizes these into a small set of words. In an industrialized …

Language

How Computers Are Changing the Way We Explain the World

Imagine it’s the 1950s and you’re in charge of one of the world’s first electronic computers. A company approaches you and says: “We have 10 million …

The Emoji Is the Birth of a New Type of Language (No Joke)

Tyler Schnoebelen has discovered something curious about why people use the skull emoji. Schnoebelen is a linguist and the chief analyst for Idibon, …

Language

The Original Human Language Like Yoda Sounded

Many linguists believe all human languages derived from a single tongue spoken in East Africa around 50,000 years ago. They've found clues scattered …

Why ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ Sound So Similar in So Many Languages

The story of a strange linguistic coincidence<p>Is there anything inherently “doggy” about the word “dog”? Obviously not—to the French, a dog is a <i>chien</i>, to Russians a <i>sobaka</i>, to Mandarin Chinese-speakers a <i>gǒu</i>. These words have nothing in common, and none seem any more connected to the canine essence …

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 …

Language influences Thought? - Linguistic Relativity

Comparative Linguistics (Time)

Linguistics

A Good TED Ed Video Lesson on How Languages Evolve

November 4, 2014<br>In this excellent Ted-Ed video lesson, Alex Gendler provides a historical account of the development of languages.The overarching …