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Hindi might not be the national language – but it is growing rapidly across India

Is Hindi being imposed on the states of the Indian Union that don’t speak the language? For the past few weeks, a range of people living in South India have made this claim, arguing angrily that the Union government is forcing the Indo-Aryan language onto Dravidian-speaking states. On Monday, former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy [...]

By |2020-09-21T15:44:42+00:00September 21st, 2020|Hindi language, India|0 Comments

Norway has been bilingual since the Middle Ages

The fact that Norwegians wrote with runes in the Viking Age and Middle Ages is well known. But how did it go when alphabetic writing arrived and we switched from runes to the letters we know today? New research on inscriptions with letters shows that the transition was far slower than many believe. “We find [...]

By |2020-09-09T12:58:49+00:00September 9th, 2020|Bilingual, Language, Latin language, Norway, Runes|0 Comments

The 360 stones which show off the earliest writing in Ireland

Ireland is well known for its rich literary tradition stretching back to the early medieval period. Dating from roughly the seventh century (although mainly surviving in later manuscript copies), our earliest texts contain diverse material in both Latin and Irish. However, there was writing in Ireland in the centuries prior to this. This was not [...]

By |2020-09-07T22:56:29+00:00September 7th, 2020|Ireland, Irish language, Ogham|0 Comments

Viking Runes: The Historic Writing Systems of Northern Europe

Viking runes were not for everyday use. The Northmen's history was told orally, and runes used only to record moments of great importance. Let's dive deep into the fascinating world of the Viking alphabet. We’ve talked before about the many remaining runestones of Scandinavia. These magnificent monoliths with intricate imagery litter the landscape of Scandinavia. [...]

By |2020-09-03T21:33:58+00:00September 3rd, 2020|Language, Northern Europe, Norway, Runes|0 Comments

Animated speaking: New cartoon focuses on Cherokee language

As a child growing up in Northeast Oklahoma, Betty Frogg grew up in a home learning to speak Cherokee first, then English. Frogg’s parents, Louise Ross Springwater and Lacy Christie, encouraged her to speak their native language at home, even as she became bilingual while attending the Seneca Indian School in Wyandotte, Oklahoma. Her father’s [...]

Machine learning reveals role of culture in shaping meanings of words

What do we mean by the word beautiful? It depends not only on whom you ask, but in what language you ask them. According to a machine learning analysis of dozens of languages conducted at Princeton University, the meaning of words does not necessarily refer to an intrinsic, essential constant. Instead, it is significantly shaped [...]

By |2020-08-20T21:36:56+00:00August 20th, 2020|Language, Machine learning, Technology|0 Comments

Scientists discover brain hack for language learning

WE ALL KNOW THAT YOU CAN'T TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS, but what about an old human a new language? Previous research suggests that it's much easier for young children to pick up a new language than it may be for their parents or even older siblings. A new study offers a solution to [...]

By |2020-08-09T12:26:16+00:00August 9th, 2020|Language learning, Technology|0 Comments

How AI systems use Mad Libs to teach themselves grammar

Imagine you're training a computer with a solid vocabulary and a basic knowledge about parts of speech. How would it understand this sentence: "The chef who ran to the store was out of food." Did the chef run out of food? Did the store? Did the chef run the store that ran out of food? [...]

By |2020-07-28T11:11:16+00:00July 28th, 2020|A.I., Artificial intelligence, Grammar, Language|0 Comments

Animals That Can Do Math Understand More Language Than We Think

It is often thought that humans are different from other animals in some fundamental way that makes us unique, or even more advanced than other species. These claims of human superiority are sometimes used to justify the ways we treat other animals, in the home, the lab or the factory farm. So, what is it [...]

By |2020-07-24T21:58:11+00:00July 24th, 2020|Animals, Language|0 Comments

The English Word That Hasn’t Changed in Sound or Meaning in 8,000 Years

One of my favorite words is lox,” says Gregory Guy, a professor of linguistics at New York University. There is hardly a more quintessential New York food than a lox bagel—a century-old popular appetizing store, Russ & Daughters, calls it “The Classic.” But Guy, who has lived in the city for the past 17 years, [...]

By |2020-07-16T13:18:15+00:00July 16th, 2020|Language, Lox|0 Comments