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.
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.
“A team from the University of Vermont studied movie subtitles, Twitter feeds, literature, websites and song lyrics. They created a list of 10,000 of the most commonly used words in 10 languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Korean, Chinese, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Indonesian and Egyptian Arabic. For linguistic happiness, Spanish scored the highest. This was followed by(…)
Have you ever found yourself wishing that the world just had subtitles? With rapidly advancing smart phone applications, we might just be getting closer to a world where technology can serve as our translators, our phones and iP@ds our guides. BBC News test drives some of these apps in Bilbao, Spain, and finds some mixed(…)
According to a new study, the most commonly used words in 10 languages were all ‘skewed’ towards the positive. The research was published on Feb. 9 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [Biased Toward Happiness? (Infographic)]. After analyzing the language data, Danforth and his team went on to develop an interactive(…)