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Global Language Network. Want to influence the world? Map reveals the best languages to speak. Speak or write in English, and the world will hear you.

Want to influence the world? Map reveals the best languages to speak

Speak or write in Tamil or Portuguese, and you may have a harder time getting your message out. Now, a new method for mapping how information flows around the globe identifies the best languages to spread your ideas far and wide. One hint: If you’re considering a second language, try Spanish instead of Chinese. English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet. Let's start with the dull stuff, because pragmatism.

English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet

The word "because," in standard English usage, is a subordinating conjunction, which means that it connects two parts of a sentence in which one (the subordinate) explains the other. In that capacity, "because" has two distinct forms. It can be followed either by a finite clause (I'm reading this because [I saw it on the web]) or by a prepositional phrase (I'm reading this because [of the web]).

These two forms are, traditionally, the only ones to which "because" lends itself. I mention all that ... because language. What Are The Hardest Languages To Learn? Ngram Viewer. Unicase. A unicase or unicameral alphabet is one that has no case for its letters.


Kannada, Tamil, Arabic, Old Hungarian, Hebrew, Georgian and Hangul are unicase alphabets, while (modern) Latin, Greek, Cyrillic and Armenian have two cases for each letter, e.g., B/b, Β/β, Б/б, Բ/բ. Rules for case usage vary — apart from the general rule of capitalizing the first letter of proper nouns, each language has its own rules, e.g., English "Tuesday" vs. French "mardi" and the German rule of capitalizing the first letter of all nouns.

It is believed that all alphabets with case were once unicase[citation needed]. Latin, for example, used to be written without case in imperial Roman times; it was only later that scribes developed new sets of symbols for running text, which became the lower case of the Latin alphabet, while the letterforms of Ancient Rome came to be called capitals. See also[edit] References[edit] Telling Tales in Proto-Indo-European. (iStockphoto) By the 19th century, linguists knew that all modern Indo-European languages descended from a single tongue.

Telling Tales in Proto-Indo-European

Called Proto-Indo-European, or PIE, it was spoken by a people who lived from roughly 4500 to 2500 B.C., and left no written texts. The question became, what did PIE sound like? In 1868, German linguist August Schleicher used reconstructed Proto-Indo-European vocabulary to create a fable in order to hear some approximation of PIE. Called “The Sheep and the Horses,” and also known today as Schleicher’s Fable, the short parable tells the story of a shorn sheep who encounters a group of unpleasant horses.


Writing. GK Chesterton / Bigotry. Exquisite Corpse - Journal of Letters and Life. The Top 10 Relationship Words That Aren't Translatable Into English. Here are my top ten words, compiled from online collections, to describe love, desire and relationships that have no real English translation, but that capture subtle realities that even we English speakers have felt once or twice.

The Top 10 Relationship Words That Aren't Translatable Into English

As I came across these words I’d have the occasional epiphany: “Oh yeah! 'Ender's Game's' Orson Scott Card's Anti-Gay Views Pose Risks for Film. A version of this story first appeared in the March 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

'Ender's Game's' Orson Scott Card's Anti-Gay Views Pose Risks for Film

A controversy involving novelist Orson Scott Card and DC Comics could foreshadow problems for the big-budget adaptation of his classic 1985 sci-fi novel Ender’s Game, which is scheduled for release Nov. 1. Card’s long record of opposition to same-sex marriage and gay rights came into sharp focus when DC Comics announced Feb. 6 that it had hired him to write a chapter of a new Superman anthology series. Card has been a prominent gay-rights opponent going back to the ‘90s. The Hypocrites of Homosexuality - Orson Scott Card. This essay was published in February of 1990, in the following context: The Supreme Court had declared in 1986 (Bowers v.

The Hypocrites of Homosexuality - Orson Scott Card

Hardwick) that a Georgia law prohibiting sodomy even in the privacy of one's own home was constitutional. I was also writing this essay to a conservative Mormon audience that at the time would have felt no interest in decriminalizing homosexual acts. Hippocampus Press. How Language Works (Edition 3.0): Table of Contents. Synonyms Dictionary at Welcome to the home page of Umberto Eco. UC Berkeley Summer Reading List. Greetings to Berkeley faculty, staff, and students, As we do at the start of each spring term, we're soliciting your suggestions for great books to pass on to incoming Cal freshmen later this year as part of the 2014 UC Berkeley Summer Reading List for Freshmen.

UC Berkeley Summer Reading List

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement on campus, we've chosen Free Speech as this year's theme. 101 Ways to Learn a Language.