Word Map is a fascinating online mapping application that lets the user type in any word and see that word mapped in the official or dominant language of each country around the world.
About 68% of the world’s languages sampled in an interactive available from the World Atlas of Language Structures don’t have a gender specific pronouns. 254 of the 378 mapped languages in the interactive map don’t use “he” or “she” but instead used a gender neutral pronoun when referring to persons. […]
How high up you live affects your spoken language. Caleb Everett, an associate professors in the Athropology Department at the University of Miami published the results of his research into the correlation between elevation and phonemic ejective consonants in PLoS ONE Journal. Everett looked at ejective consonants which are voiceless consonants which require […]
The Speech Accent Archive has catalogued snippets of the English language spoken around the world on their site. Steven Weinberger, a professor of linguistics at George Mason University created the web site with the purpose “to uniformly exhibit a large set of speech accents from a variety of language backgrounds.” […]
Did you ever play the “operator game” as a child with a large group of friends? The one where you whisper a phrase to the person sitting next to you, who then repeats to the next person sitting next to them and so on down the line until the last […]