Category Archives: language

5 Of The Weirdest Languages In The World | Random Thursday

From sounds that literally damage your vocal cords to a language that’s entirely whistled, these are 5 of the strangest, quirkiest languages in the world. Advertisements

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This Man Can Pronounce Every Word in the Dictionary

Great Big Story Published on 21 Aug 2018 Pop quiz. Try pronouncing the following. Ready? Go. Elucubrate. Smaragdine. Scherenschnitte. Head scratchers, huh? Not for Jacques Bailly. As the official pronouncer of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, he can tackle any … Continue reading

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The Origins and Evolution of Language | Michael Corballis | TEDxAuckland

Nearly everybody can communicate, and most do so through some form of language, and yet the question of where language came from is one of the most difficult questions in science. Psychologist and author, Michael Corballis explores the many theories … Continue reading

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Why languages and dialects really are different animals

Admirers of Josip Broz Tito from all over the former Yugoslavia convene in Belgrade on the occasion of the late marshal’s birthday. Photo by Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty   Søren Wichmann is a Danish linguist affiliated with Leiden University in the Netherlands, Kazan … Continue reading

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The benefits of a bilingual brain – Mia Nacamulli

It’s obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling or watching movies without subtitles. But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain? Mia Nacamulli details the three types of … Continue reading

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Etymology and surprising origins of words

Learn about etymology, the study of word origins and derivations in historical linguistics, and the influence of a Proto-Indoeuropean (PIE) language in the formation of modern languages in Europe, Russia, and Asia. Highlighted is how etymologists have come up with … Continue reading

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What does OK stand for?

That’s O.K. with me. It’s going to be okay. OK, Google… ‘OK’ means things are fine or went well, or that something’s approved. But what does O.K. stand for and from where did the word originate? A few proposed etymologies … Continue reading

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Gravity of language on thoughts | Panos Athanasopoulos | TEDxUniversityofMacedonia

Panos Athanasopoulos’ research programmes seek to understand how people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds communicate and perceive the world around them, focusing on how we see colours and objects, and how we experience motion and time. It is often … Continue reading

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Does time work differently in different languages? – Hopi Time

Whorf ignited a controversy when he claimed the Hopi don’t speak or think about time the way Europeans do. Malotki wrote 600 pages to prove him wrong. Come explore Sapir-Whorf and Hopi Time! Do speakers of different languages have different … Continue reading

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How Bilingual Brains Perceive Time Differently

A new study has found that what language you speak might alter your perception of time.

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