How languages evolve - Alex Gendler
What is the difference between "a hearty welcome" and "a cordial reception"? In a brief, action-packed history of the English language, Kate Gardoqui explains why these semantically equal phrases evoke such different images. What do Game of Thrones’ Dothraki, Avatar’s Na’vi, Star Trek’s Klingon and LOTR’s Elvish have in common? They are all fantasy constructed languages, or conlangs. Conlangs have all the delicious complexities of real languages: a high volume of words, grammar rules, and room for messiness and evolution. John McWhorter explains why these invented languages captivate fans long past the rolling credits. This incredibly thorough map shows the branching diversity of languages throughout the history of the world. "The object of inquiry in linguistics is human language, in particular the extent and limits of diversity in the world’s languages. From the BBC, here's "a guide to which languages are most widely spoken, hardest to learn and other revealing facts."
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