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Global Language Network 23 maps and charts on language by Dylan Matthews on April 15, 2015 "The limits of my language," the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once posited, "mean the limits of my world." Explaining everything within the limits of the world is probably too ambitious a goal for a list like this. But here are 23 maps and charts that can hopefully illuminate small aspects of how we manage to communicate with one another. The basics Indo-European language rootsMinna Sundberg, a Finnish-Swedish comic artist, created this beautiful tree to illustrate both the relationships between European and central Asian languages generally, as well as a smaller but still striking point: Finnish has less in common with, say, Swedish than Persian or Hindi do. Language divides Bilingualism Who in Europe speaks EnglishMany countries have more than one commonly used language, with many residents learning two or more. English American English

areena.yle Kirjautuneena voit lisätä ohjelmia suosikiksi ja saada ilmoituksia uusista jaksoista. Tietojen tallentaminen epäonnistui. Yritä hetken kuluttua uudelleen. Loimme sinulle valmiiksi nimimerkin, jolla sinut tunnetaan Ylen palveluissa. Lähetämme salasanan vaihtolinkin sinulle sähköpostitse Saat pian sähköpostin osoitteeseen Seuraa sähköpostin linkkiä vaihtaaksesi salasanasi. Salasanasi on nyt vaihdettu. Yle Tunnus on aktivoitu. Voit nyt palata takaisin sovellukseen puhelimesi valikosta ja jatkaa sen käyttöä. Saat pian sähköpostin osoitteeseen Seuraa sähköpostin linkkiä aktivoidaksesi Yle Tunnuksesi. Väärinkäytön estämiseksi haluamme varmistaa, että olet aito käyttäjä. Les Phoenix Towers vont faire renaître Wuhan de ses cendres On met souvent en cause les projets architecturaux lorsqu’il s’agit d’expliquer certains problèmes sociaux ou le déclin des banlieues. On parle aussi souvent de projet de tours gigantesques et il semblerait qu’une sorte de concours aussi puéril qu’international se soit mis en place pour savoir qui aura la plus grande­. Sur The Creators Project on vous parle souvent d’architecture innovantes ou de projets écolos. Semblant jaillir du sol comme deux stalagmites, le dernier projet du studio anglais Chetwoods sera bien plus grand que le Burj Khalifa de Dubaï et surtout bien plus intelligent. Ces deux tours n’abriteront aucun magicien blanc, mais un complexe et verdoyant dispositif permettant de filtrer l’eau et l’air mais aussi de collecter de l’énergie par des centaines de panneaux solaires et éoliennes et turbines. Dans les trois années à venir, les Phoenix Towers passeront du stade de prototype à la construction. Via Dezeen

8 Ancient Writing Systems That Haven't Been Deciphered Yet The Indus Valley civilization was one of the most advanced in the world for more than 500 years, with more than a thousand settlements sprawling across 250,000 square miles of what is now Pakistan and northwest India from 2600 BCE to 1900 BCE. It had several large, well-planned cities like Mohenjo-daro, common iconography—and a script no one has been able to understand. Over at Nature, Andrew Robinson looks at the reasons why the Indus Valley script has been so difficult to crack, and details some recent attempts to decipher it. Since we don't know anything about the underlying language and there's no multilingual Rosetta stone, scholars have analyzed its structure for clues and compared it to other scripts. Most Indologists think it's "logo-syllabic" script like Sumerian cuneiform or Mayan glyphs. One team has created the first publicly available, electronic corpus of Indus texts. The Indus Valley script is far from the only one to remain mysterious. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Why is English so weirdly different from other langu... English speakers know that their language is odd. So do people saddled with learning it non-natively. The oddity that we all perceive most readily is its spelling, which is indeed a nightmare. In countries where English isn’t spoken, there is no such thing as a ‘spelling bee’ competition. For a normal language, spelling at least pretends a basic correspondence to the way people pronounce the words. Spelling is a matter of writing, of course, whereas language is fundamentally about speaking. There is no other language, for example, that is close enough to English that we can get about half of what people are saying without training and the rest with only modest effort. We think it’s a nuisance that so many European languages assign gender to nouns for no reason, with French having female moons and male boats and such. More weirdness? Why is our language so eccentric? English started out as, essentially, a kind of German. Crucially, their languages were quite unlike English.

Fascinating Relief Maps Show The World’s Mountain Ranges 53k shares share tweet sms send email By: UnofficialNetworks | June 10, 2014 These interesting relief maps have been created by Anton Balazh with elements furnished by NASA. Western United States and Mexico Western Europe Buy Now: World Relief Map’s For Sale Eastern Europe Northern Europe New Zealand Alaska South America Australia Japan, Korea & China [Photo credit: Shutterstock] Also Read: NASA Proves The Earth is Melting in These 10 Images maps, NASA, ALL, Home Page Cup-o-nomics. An alternative view of the FIFA World cup favourites | ING | News On 12 June the FIFA World Cup kicks off. 32 of the best football teams in the world will start vying for the title of being the best at the biggest sport in the world. In an international survey of about 8,000 people in 15 countries we asked what the World Cup title means to people in the competitors’ home countries. Almost a quarter in our survey is willing to give up their mobile phone for a month if it meant their team would win! Our economists also looked at a range of economic indicators to investigate the World Cup teams and the attitude of their fans. The key insight of our cup-o-nomics report: 1. If the “value” of all the players in a football team actually could decide the results of the World Cup, Spain would prevail this summer as our analysis shows its squad of 23 has the highest total market value at EUR675 million. 2. Our survey in 15 countries found Argentina and Chile are tied for top spot as the biggest “superfans”, followed by 2018 hosts Russia. 3. 4. 5.