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25 maps that explain the English language. By Libby Nelson on March 3, 2015 English is the language of Shakespeare and the language of Chaucer.

25 maps that explain the English language

25 maps that explain the English language. Map: Which languages are spoken at different tube stops? We probably don't need to tell you that London is a very diverse city.

Map: Which languages are spoken at different tube stops?

At the time of the last census, 37 per cent of the population were foreign-born and over 250 langauages were spoken within city limits. For around 1.7 million Londoners, English is a second language. To visualise quite how linguistically diverse the city is, Oliver O'Brien, a researcher at UCL, used 2011 census data to map the most common language besides English spoken by those living within 200m of London Underground, Overground, DLR and future Crossrail stations. Here's central London (you see an interactive version showing the whole network at Tube Tongues): 5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think. Keith Chen (TED Talk: Could your language affect your ability to save money?)

5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think

Might be an economist, but he wants to talk about language. For instance, he points out, in Chinese, saying “this is my uncle” is not as straightforward as you might think. In Chinese, you have no choice but to encode more information about said uncle. Lexicaldistanceielangs.jpg (JPEG Image, 841 × 601 pixels) Europe etymology maps 1. European and Asian languages traced back to single mother tongue. Languages spoken by billions of people across Europe and Asia are descended from an ancient tongue uttered in southern Europe at the end of the last ice age, according to research.

European and Asian languages traced back to single mother tongue

The claim, by scientists in Britain, points to a common origin for vocabularies as varied as English and Urdu, Japanese and Itelmen, a language spoken along the north-eastern edge of Russia. 10 Little-Known Delights of the English Language. The Arts The English language is wonderfully bizarre, and sometimes rather frightful.

10 Little-Known Delights of the English Language

It is a composite of the best and worst that ancient languages have to offer, and native speakers often take it for granted that they can speak it with the utmost fluency. English does have its fair share of problems, however – not least in lexical and semantic ambiguity. How to build your vocabulary. Bilingual babies know their grammar by 7 months. Babies as young as seven months can distinguish between, and begin to learn, two languages with vastly different grammatical structures, according to new research from the University of British Columbia and Université Paris Descartes.

Bilingual babies know their grammar by 7 months

Published February 14 in the journal Nature Communications and presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Boston, the study shows that infants in bilingual environments use pitch and duration cues to discriminate between languages -- such as English and Japanese -- with opposite word orders. Ancient languages reconstructed by computer program. Breakthrough in world's oldest undeciphered writing. 100 Most Common English Words Quiz. Death of 'thank you' Rather than failing to show gratitude, however, we are simply using other words.

Death of 'thank you'

In fact, one in three people say they usually use another word to express gratitude. Among the most popular phrases were the less formal “ta” and “cool” as well as the French word “merci”. Although the average Briton still says thank you up to 5,000 times a year, the results indicate an increasingly casual way of speaking, with 40 per cent believing they use “thank you” less than previous generations. The poll by television channel Food Network UK to coincide with the launch of Thank You Day also showed that one in 20 said “nice one” instead. Check out the BBC spelling in the tax story. No, really? Digital tools 'to save languages' Which new word would you add to the dictionary? Publisher Collins has announced that for the first time members of the public will be able to submit new words for possible inclusion in future editions of its dictionary.

And yes, it has already taken delivery of "omnishambles", which made its original outing in The Thick of It, and was then used by Ed Miliband at PMQs this April. Original coinages are a long shot – all nominations will be assessed on usage – but Collins' editors aim to review words after a year, so you'll have a chance to popularise your invention. The following are humbly submitted for approval: Amazebollocks. adj. Wall Photos. News - A Point of View: Why euphemism is integral to modern warfare. 29 October 2011Last updated at 02:49 The arms trade, and the UK's role within it, relies on business-speak and foggy language, writes Will Self.

News - A Point of View: Why euphemism is integral to modern warfare

One of my favourite cartoons was published by the New Yorker magazine way back in the early 1980s. It shows some soignee types consorting - their diaphanous gowns suggest that they're divine, their cocktail glasses that they're merely sophisticated. The location for this party is one of those chimerical realms that only the sparse pen-and-wash of a first-class cartoonist can summon up - it could be Mount Olympus, but it could just as easily be the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The death of language? An estimated 7,000 languages are being spoken around the world.

The death of language?