Palenquero: Spanish influences, African roots

Palenquero: Spanish influences, African roots {0}

In a small impoverished village in Colombia called San Basilio de Palenque, a population of 3,500 is working hard to keep their unique language alive. One of the many languages in world spoken only in its immediate region, Palenquero fights to remain on the linguist’s radar.

Speaking a Second Language May Give You a Second View of the World

Speaking a Second Language May Give You a Second View of the World {1}

As if there wasn’t enough evidence for the benefits of bilingualism / multilingualism already, a study has shown that it may be possible that language is tied with how you think. “Cognitive scientists have debated whether your native language shapes how you think since the 1940s. The idea has seen a revival in recent decades,(…)

French Culture Minister Shocks by Opposing Language Legislation

French Culture Minister Shocks by Opposing Language Legislation {0}

France is well-known for its Académie Française and the stubborn way it opposes foreign borrowings in the language. Fleur Pellerin, the culture minister, recently came out against this tradition, saying she disagreed with the 1994 Toubon Law,  a law “mandating the use of the French language in official government publications, in all advertisements, in all workplaces, in commercial contracts,(…)

Hard Questions Even Grammar Enthusiasts Cannot Answer

Hard Questions Even Grammar Enthusiasts Cannot Answer {0}

Have you ever been involved in a  grammar discrepancy that let to a seemingly unsolvable argument? Do not fret. There are some very difficult grammatical questions that just do not have one correct answer. Time to agree to disagree.

Languages Are Going Extinct Even Faster Than Species

Languages Are Going Extinct Even Faster Than Species {0}

An article has recently come out by Katie Wudel on the rapid decline of languages. In the article she states that “our languages are disappearing even faster than our species, with many estimates projecting the extinction of two languages every two weeks. Notable linguist and philosopher Dr. John McWhorter has an even bleaker outlook: 90(…)

Learning a Foreign Language Isn’t Expensive

Learning a Foreign Language Isn’t Expensive {0}

If you’re reading this blog post right now, it means you’re on the CILC website which also means you have access to the information we have on resources for language learning! Thus, this post may be a bit redundant, but it might be useful for folks to know that learning a new language shouldn’t have(…)