Prof. Ghil’ad Zuckermann is a renowned linguist and scholar originally from Israel and currently based in Australia. He talked to Babbel about strategies for linguistic revitalization and the political issues surrounding linguistic change and preservation.
Traveling inevitably involves some unpleasant moments sprinkled in with all the excitement — but what if those negative experiences became your whole trip? Here are four different psychological syndromes that are induced solely by wanderlust.
There are many endangered languages in the world — languages spoken by a small group of people or even only one person. Here’s what’s being done to save them from the brink of extinction.
Pronouncing English words like “hyperbole” or “plough” can give even native speakers trouble. The International Phonetic Alphabet started out as an attempt to help navigate these murky spelling waters, and became a project with global scope. It aims to reproduce all existing sounds in language.
Languages are an incredible asset for the career minded. Not only do they open doors to business opportunities, they cement trust and understanding between collaborators and strangers. The number of jobs requiring language skills is considerable and keeps growing. Here are some examples!
What languages did our ancestors speak and what symbols did they write that scholars and researchers have yet to decipher? Are these unsolvable mysteries or will modern scientific and statistical methods provide information about vanished civilizations and cultures?
Let’s retrace the steps of colonization in the Americas to learn how European languages spread, which American languages survived and whether these languages influenced European tongues.
Writing has been around for over 5000 years, but there is a wider variety of unique writing systems than you might think. We look at the history of writing, separating myth from fact, and follow its myriad threads to the four distinct systems in use today.
Some words we take for granted were originally concocted as mean-spirited insults. Here’s the history of derogatory terms that were reclaimed and became mainstream.
A lingua franca is a second language that people from different countries have in common, and it makes international communication possible. It might seem like a given that English is the world’s lingua franca, but how did it get to be that way and whatever happened to French?