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Conlangs: Languages Invented for Television and Film

Movies and television are fairly new inventions in the breadth of humanity’s artistic endeavors. Since the first commercially aired film on December 28th, 1895, storytelling in film has rapidly evolved with visual effects progressively becoming more impressive. This has allowed filmmakers to design vivid depictions of multiple universes. These worlds usually come fully loaded with populations of either aliens, fairies [...]

2022-05-06T12:04:16-04:00May 6th, 2022|History, Languages, Movies, Television|

Hangul, An Alphabet Unlike Any Other

Hangul is unique among alphabets in multiple ways, including the fact that it has its own day of celebration. On October 9th, South Korea commemorates the approximate day in 1446 when King Sejong published the newly developed set of characters for his people. Unlike most alphabets which developed slowly over time, Hangul was deliberately invented to respond to the illiteracy [...]

2022-05-10T18:25:23-04:00April 19th, 2022|Asia, History, Korea, Languages|

The Many Languages of Spain

Throughout most of the world, the language spoken in Spain is known as Spanish. However, many people in Spain actually refer to their language as “Castellano” or “Castilian” in English.[1] This name is derived from the name of the region where the language first came into being. The Castile region of Spain makes up more than one quarter of the [...]

2022-05-10T18:07:37-04:00April 8th, 2022|History, Languages, Spain, Spanish|

Nicaraguan Sign Language

What if we, as a species, could go back in time and witness the formation of language through history? Well, that’s not possible, but during the 1980’s, linguists came as close as possible to the creation of a brand new language in Nicaragua. Nicaraguan Sign Language (NSL) is in fact the only spontaneously developed language to have been recorded from [...]

2022-03-15T11:44:47-04:00March 15th, 2022|History, Languages, Latin America|

Esperanto, The Language Made For Humankind

What if the biases and prejudices that are so often wrapped up in languages could be circumvented? Well, that’s exactly what Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof sought to do by creating Esperanto. Esperanto is a language that was invented by L.L. Zamenhof in 1887.[1] He intended for it to be used as an international auxiliary language. This means basically that Esperanto would [...]

2022-03-07T07:42:57-05:00February 4th, 2022|History, Languages|

How the Cherokee and Navajo languages survived European colonialism

While the precise number cannot be determined, around 300 Native American languages are purported to have once been spoken in North America when the Europeans arrived. These languages were “mutually unintelligible”. Meaning, these 300 respective groups could not speak to one another if they had so desired.[1] Each of these languages are tied to a unique cultural heritage, and deserve [...]

2022-01-28T10:42:47-05:00January 28th, 2022|History, Languages, Native Languages|

Three Simple Mistranslations that Echoed Through History

Humanity has always needed to communicate cross-culturally. This need is often motivated by scientific research, commerce, political negotiations, or the translation of religious texts. Yet, the different languages of the Earth have always posed potential problems for mistranslation. There are times when these mistranslations have inconsequential results, and there are times when these mistranslations have nearly catastrophic results. Here, we [...]

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