Category Archives: Language

The McGurk Effect: How our sight can change what we hear

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Stephen Fry on Linguistic Pedants

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Enduring Voices

David Harrison and Greg Anderson are language activists. They’re both linguists who’ve been funded by National Geographic to travel the world and document and raise awareness of some of the world’s  most endangered languages, part of a project called Enduring … Continue reading

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Garden Path Sentences

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The Linguistic Diversity of Aboriginal Europe

Not something you read about every day.  A fairly technical account posted by Don Ringe at Language Log. It’s fascinating to see how these linguists work backwards and piece together a plausible history of language. Proto-Indo-European (PIE) was a single … Continue reading

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The Origins of abc

We see it every day on signs, billboards, packaging, in books and magazines; in fact, you are looking at it now — the Latin or Roman alphabet, the world’s most prolific, most widespread abc. Typography is a relatively recent invention, … Continue reading

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