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Modern Linguists Classify Korean as a Language Isolate

June 15, 2018

Korean is the official language of North and South Korea as well as one of two official languages of the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in China. Since there is no obvious genealogical... Read More 


How Sanskrit Became the Controversial Language of India

May 22, 2018

It would be hard to argue that Sanskrit and Indian culture are not intertwined; but it is precisely this relationship that has aroused public opinion in a nation where language politics has a... Read More 


South Asian-American Students Dominate the Scripps Spelling Bee

May 21, 2018

Think you are ready to compete with some grammar school students on stage at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Well, here are a few words to warm up. How do you spell "cheiropompholyx"? I feel... Read More 


Why English Drives People Crazy

April 24, 2018

American folk singer Pete Seeger began challenging the "powers that be" at an early age through poetic lyrics that often infringed on political and cultural rhetoric. After two decades of FBI... Read More 


Do You Need to Communicate in Punjabi?

April 17, 2018

In recent years, the need to communicate in Chinese Mandarin has grown with China playing a major role in global business and worldwide trade. With a population of 1.38 billion, China has a... Read More 


Digital Lingua Franca: Do You Speak Emoticon?

March 13, 2018

A smiley face was the original emoji, an ideogram used in the digital world that originated in Japan in 1999. Shigetaka Kurita is credited with creating the first emoji, a gumdrop shaped smiley... Read More 


Why Do So Many Words Have Silent Letters?

March 13, 2018

Well, as for the English language, it might be easier to explain punctuation and why a comma precedes the word "which" and not the word "that". If you are a student of linguistics, you might be... Read More 


Multilingualism in Morocco is a Sociolinguistic Phenomenon

February 8, 2018

From antiquity to present day, few parts of the world have experienced a more colorful blend of languages as Morocco. In part, it is one of only three nations (along with Spain and France) to... Read More 


Could You Be Talking to Animals Soon?

February 7, 2018

With the speed at which technology has been putting new devices in the home, it is not that farfetched that the world will soon join Dr. Doolittle in talking to the animals. Who knows, maybe our... Read More 


Translating and Interpreting Trump's Peculiar Political Style

January 18, 2018

It's undeniable that the current President doesn't have to worry about fading into obscurity with the media. All Trump has to do is answer a question, deliver a speech, make a remark, or post to... Read More 


 
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