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Category: Languages

Our Fascination With Body Language

Is there a way to know how someone is feeling by simply looking at them? A quick internet search of the words “body language” will produce a slough of articles, books and interviews which claim to reveal hidden mysteries about human body language. Practitioners in this field usually make claims that with proper training, we can either detect clues or [...]

2022-07-01T08:47:36-04:00July 1st, 2022|Languages, Sociology|

Forensic Linguistics 101

Forensic linguistics is the use of applied linguistics in legal settings. That definition is extremely broad, but so is the field of study itself. Perhaps it is easier to look at the two words separately.  Forensics is when science is used to resolve a legal issue. Linguistics is the scientific study of written and spoken language. Forensic linguistics then, is [...]

2022-06-13T10:12:54-04:00June 13th, 2022|English, History, Languages, Legal|

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|

Why And How To Raise Bilingual Children

History of Negative Attitudes Towards Bilingualism In the past, there has been concern about whether or not children with bilingual or multilingual parents should only learn one language, or both. The language they might learn would usually be dictated by which country the family is located in, and which language has the most social and economic benefit. For example, being [...]

2022-05-24T11:35:50-04:00March 6th, 2022|Education, English, Languages|

Multilingual Classrooms: A Tool, Not An Obstacle For Education

All across the United States, and especially in metropolitan cities like New York City and Los Angeles, schools are filled with students who speak the language of their families at home, while completing classwork, interacting with teachers and making friends in English at school.[1] Often, this presents a very real difficulty for educators who are required to assure English proficiency [...]

2022-05-10T18:16:18-04:00February 24th, 2022|Education, English, Languages|
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