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The Realest Language

There are a lot of different kinds of books about language. Dictionaries record and define a word’s meanings; thesauri lay out its synonyms; and books on modern usage tell you how to string the word together with others to form sentences. There’s something culturally remarkable about language reference books: From etymology to slang to avoidable [...]

Emotions Get Lost In Translation, A New Study Finds

Researchers find that different languages express emotions differently although they may be translated to the same word, implying the need for greater emphasis on communication in cultivating collaboration across global teams. Today more than ever we are living in a world where the distance between time and space has been made shortened due to the [...]

By |2020-01-04T15:17:04+00:00January 4th, 2020|Language, Translation|1 Comment

Researchers map ancient language in West Australian outback

Amid widespread concern about the disappearance of Indigenous languages, the former Catholic mission of Balgo is located in a linguistic melting pot that is thriving after tens of thousands of years. Now, scientists want to map the local "lingua franca" called Kukatja, which is spoken more fluently than English by residents of all ages and [...]

By |2019-12-29T13:09:55+00:00December 29th, 2019|Aboriginal languages, Australia|0 Comments

How to Resurrect Dying Languages

In the 1970s, the Hawaiian language seemed poised for extinction. Only about 2,000 native speakers remained, and most were over age 60. Then a dedicated group of advocates launched immersion schools, a Hawaiian radio program, and an island-wide movement to resuscitate the melodious language. Today more than 18,600 people speak Hawaiian as fluently as they [...]

By |2019-12-20T14:09:09+00:00December 20th, 2019|Language revitalization|0 Comments

Can You Lose Your Native Language?

I’m sitting in my kitchen in London, trying to figure out a text message from my brother. He lives in our home country of Germany. We speak German to each other, a language that’s rich in quirky words, but I’ve never heard this one before: fremdschämen. ‘Stranger-ashamed’? I’m too proud to ask him what it [...]

By |2019-12-16T14:40:15+00:00December 16th, 2019|Language|0 Comments

‘A way to keep our language alive’: How the Atikamekw Nation uses Wikipedia to promote its language

What started out as a high school computer science project has grown into the only active Wikipedia in Canada operating in an Indigenous language. Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin includes over 1,000 articles, sound clips and photos representing life, history and culture of the three Atikamekw communities in Quebec. "They cover common words, the cities of Quebec, [...]

By |2019-12-11T15:07:51+00:00December 11th, 2019|Atikamekw, Canada, Indigenous languages|0 Comments

The use of poetry in preserving endangered languages

Language is a powerful cultural and political tool which provides a major cultural unity in many countries. Poetry conceptualises and unites cultures and thoughts, manipulates ordinary language and in its effortless simplicity and diversity, touches minds and souls. A recent podcast by The Guardian explores the measures taken to preserve endangered languages globally through poetry, [...]

By |2019-12-01T20:20:49+00:00December 1st, 2019|Endangered Languages, Poetry|0 Comments

How do you crack the code to a lost ancient script?

How do you go about deciphering the script of a wholly different language that was lost more than 3,000 years ago? Linguist and archaeologist Dr Brent Davis says it’s like walking out on a tightrope anchored at just one end and supported by nothing but thin air, hoping you find something to stop you from [...]

By |2019-11-26T20:06:45+00:00November 26th, 2019|Language, Linear A, Linear B|0 Comments

Why you might be counting in the wrong language

If I asked you to write down the number “ninety-two”, you wouldn’t have to think twice. By the time we’re adults, the connection between numerals and their names is almost automatic, so we barely give them a second thought. Which is why it might surprise you to hear that the English for 92 isn’t a [...]

By |2019-11-22T14:03:56+00:00November 22nd, 2019|Language, Math|0 Comments

5 Languages That Could Change the Way You See the World

I went to my neighbor’s house for something to eat yesterday. Think about this sentence. It’s pretty simple—English speakers would know precisely what it means. But what does it actually tell you—or, more to the point, what does it not tell you? It doesn’t specify facts like the subject’s gender or the neighbor’s, or what [...]

By |2019-11-15T15:52:59+00:00November 15th, 2019|Language|0 Comments