Human Geography

Dark circles represent languages with ejectives, clear circles represent those without ejectives. Clusters of languages with ejectives are highlighted with white rectangles. For illustrative purposes only. Inset: Lat-long plot of polygons exceeding 1500 m in elevation. The six major inhabitable areas of high elevation are highlighted via ellipses: (1) North American cordillera (2) Andes (3) Southern African plateau (4) East African rift (5) Caucasus and Javakheti plateau (6) Tibetan plateau and adjacent regions. Map from: Evidence for Direct Geographic Influences on Linguistic Sounds: The Case of Ejectives by Caleb Everett.

How Topography Affects Language

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 […]

Maps and GIS

Endangered Languages Spoken in New York City

Endangered Languages Spoken in New York City

New York City is a hotbed of transplants and their endangered languages.   It is estimated by some experts that as many as 800 languages are spoken in the Big Apple.  Daniel Kaufman, an adjunct professor of linguistics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, has started […]