New evidence in Indo-European origin debate

New evidence in Indo-European origin debate {0}

Linguists at UC Berkeley have completed new research that supports the Kurgan (or steppe) hypothesis of the cradle of all Indo-European languages. Despite the original article’s title, the researchers have certainly not pinpointed the origin of Indo-European (which encompasses English, Latin, Hindi, Greek, Irish, Kurdish, Ukrainian, and many, many more). The debate will rage on,(…)

Australian Sign Language interpreter goes viral

Australian Sign Language interpreter goes viral {0}

When a natural disaster or some sort of other emergency is reported on TV, sign language interpreters are often hired to translate on screen so that the hearing-impaired who use sign language may get the same message as everyone else. Recently, they have been gaining a lot of attention.

Economic Success Leads to ‘Language Extinction’

Economic Success Leads to ‘Language Extinction’ {1}

Just like endangered animals, speakers of a language, too, can become sparse, taking their language with them into ‘extinction.’ BBC News finds possible links between economic success and ‘language extinction,’ although specific numbers are hard to find on the matter.   Lead author Tatsuya Amano, from the University of Cambridge, said: “As economies develop, one(…)

Feeling a midwinter language-learning slump? Here are some motivational proverbs

Feeling a midwinter language-learning slump? Here are some motivational proverbs {0}

Lingholic complied a list of ten proverbs from different parts of the world about learning languages. Click here to check them out! image from Lingholic.com

Language Tree

Language Tree {0}

Ever wondered whether Finnish was actually related to another language? Or how close English is to other languages with European roots? This pretty language family tree has some of the answers.   Check it out here.

What makes a word “real”?

What makes a word “real”? {1}

In this TED talk, language historian and English professor Anne Curzan explores the roots of slang words and discusses who and what makes a word legitimate. She questions the authority of the English dictionary and encourages listeners to the same. Watch the episode here.