Jane Simpson uses dictionaries to uncover historical detail and revive indigenous languages in Australia. She works for the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language at Australian National University (ANU.) The Centre’s current project is to record indigenous languages in the Pacific area. Australia is home to between 300 and 700 language dialects yet […]
Ted-Ed recently presented a video by Katherine Hampsten talking about how miscommunication happens and how to avoid it. Miscommunication happens everywhere in life. Even though we are speaking the same language face to face, you might still not understand why I am so angry at what just happened to me. How exactly can that happen?
On February 20th, members of the Bangladeshi community in Washington D.C. celebrated International Mother Language Day at the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center in Silver Spring. Eleven organizers facilitated the event in order to educate people about the Bengali language, it being the seventh most spoken language in the world by number of native speakers. Beyond […]
The popular, and free language learning site and mobile app Duolingo has over 100 million registered users worldwide. The ad-free site uses crowdsourced translations of real internet content to fund itself, essentially allowing folks to learn languages while translating the web. For English users, Duolingo offers the following courses: Spanish (51.5M learners) French (31M) German […]
After adding 13 new languages, Google Translate now covers a whopping 103, making it one of the world’s most complex and extensive online translation systems. According to Google, in order for a language to be considered for addition to the application, it must not only have a writing system, but there must be an adequate […]
In the textbooks linguistics students are using right now, stating that langauge processes by using the left brain. However, a remote village in Turkey, the people there challenged this theory about language and its relationship with brain. Due to the long distance between each household, villagers preferred to use a whistling Turkish language which demonstrated […]