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After ‘Parasite,’ Are Subtitles Still a One-Inch Barrier for Americans?

Last month, when Bong Joon Ho, the South Korean director of the film “Parasite,” accepted the Golden Globe for best foreign language film, he teased American moviegoers that a whole world of wonderful cinema awaited them beyond Hollywood. “Once you overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing [...]

By |2020-02-26T23:43:20+00:00February 26th, 2020|Film, Movies, Subtitles|0 Comments

Turkey’s language activists keep Armenian dialect alive in music, literature

His most recent album sung in Homshetsi can be taken as an SOS call, says Hikmet Akcicek. The tongue, a northwestern dialect of Western Armenian, is one of 15 endangered languages spoken in Turkey — and Akcicek’s band Vova means to keep it alive. The cover of the band's July record, “Garmi Doc” (“Red Truck” [...]

By |2020-02-24T13:40:51+00:00February 24th, 2020|Armenian language, Dialect, Language, Turkey|0 Comments

Why emojis and #hashtags should be part of language learning

Learning a language after one’s early childhood home language is often referred to as second language learning (despite the fact people may in fact be learning their third or fourth languages). In Canada, an officially bilingual country, both English and French are widely taught in superdiverse urban centres. Increasingly, a popular avenue for adult language [...]

By |2020-02-19T14:16:14+00:00February 19th, 2020|#hashtag, #hashtags, Emoji, Emojis, Language|0 Comments

World’s largest linguistics database is getting too expensive for some researchers

It was 2015 when Gary Simons knew that something had to change. That was the year spare funds started to dry up at the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL), a Bible translation group that helped revolutionize the documentation of endangered languages in the mid–20th century. SIL’s budget had long supported Simons’s passion project: Ethnologue—or “the [...]

By |2020-02-16T21:42:49+00:00February 16th, 2020|Ethnologue, Language, Linguistics|0 Comments

3,700-Year-Old Babylonian Stone Tablet Gets Translated, Changes History

Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry! Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' [...]

By |2020-02-12T16:51:08+00:00February 12th, 2020|Babylonian, Language|0 Comments

How New Indigenous Languages Are Changing Australia

Before European colonization, as many as 300 languages were spoken on continental Australia, reflecting the cultural diversity among its original inhabitants. Today, only about 40 to 60 of these languages remain, with more than half of them no longer learned by any children. Yet the dynamic nature of language is giving some indigenous groups and [...]

By |2020-02-04T14:32:53+00:00February 4th, 2020|Australia, Indigenous languages|0 Comments

The Unknown Story of the Greeks Who Shaped the Latin Alphabet

The Latin alphabet is undoubtedly the world’s most recognizable form of written language, whose history goes back in time to the eras of ancient Greek and Roman dominance of the entire Western world. In its modern form, with its many variations and alterations, the Latin alphabet is officially used by an amazing 131 sovereign nations, [...]

By |2020-02-03T01:17:08+00:00February 3rd, 2020|Greek language, Latin language|0 Comments

Can This Indigenous Language Thrive in a Digital Age?

On any given day, people throng the busy market in Concepción, Paraguay. Shoppers peruse the multicolored array of fruits and vegetables and occasionally pause to chat with the vendors or inquire about a price. Old women eye up potential buyers of yuyos, traditional medicinal herbs that they assure will cure any ailment, from hangovers to [...]

By |2020-01-30T19:10:14+00:00January 30th, 2020|Guaraní language, Indigenous languages, Paraguay|0 Comments

The Language and Mind: In Which Language do you Think?

The Language and mind! The scientist “August Kekulé” was stuck in a big problem. The man spent a long time trying to imagine the chemical structure of gasoline, but he could not reach anything. Imagining the shape of petrol rings lined up seemed an incomprehensible issue. While he fell asleep, a dream drew his famous [...]

By |2020-03-25T12:48:50+00:00January 28th, 2020|Language, The mind|0 Comments

Language Rights Are Human Rights: A Hope for a Future of Linguistic Diversity

Welcome to our language Taste The Sauce —Reesom Haile, Eritrean poet (translation by Charles Cantalupo) The interview was ending. I was anxious to get on with my day. But the interviewer had one last question for me: “So what is your hope for the future?” As I pondered the question, it occurred to me that [...]

By |2020-01-24T17:31:49+00:00January 24th, 2020|Endangered Languages, Language Rights|0 Comments