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Is English Still the Language of the World Wide Web?

August 16, 2018

The fact that millions of internet users around the globe are communicating in more than a dozen languages makes it difficult to determine how many translations of your digital media are needed to... Read More 


What Readability Algorithm Scores Can Tell You

August 15, 2018

The origin of "readability tests" can be traced to America's earliest graded school systems. Rather than teaching young students in the full-blown vocabulary of a particular field of study,... Read More 


Belgium: Opposing Sides of a Story Told in Different Languages

July 31, 2018

Belgium's history of linguistic division is as old as the country itself. Traditionally, the northern half of the Kingdom of Belgium is Dutch or Flemish speaking, while the southern half of... Read More 


How Far Back Could You Understand English?

July 31, 2018

Let's face it, nothing ever stays the same. What you read or hear in the current year does not resemble the English language as spoken or written by Shakespeare or Chaucer. In fact, most ancient... Read More 


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 


What Causes Foreign Accent Syndrome?

June 12, 2018

Foreign accent syndrome (FAS) is a language disorder where a native speaker suddenly sounds like they are speaking with a foreign accent. This rare speech condition was initially identified over a... 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 


 
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