Language Insights

All In The Language Family: Amerindian Languages

All In The Language Family: Amerindian Languages

To start, the indigenous languages of the Americas are not technically part of one big ‘family.’
What Are The Differences Between American And British English?

What Are The Differences Between American And British English?

Are the Brits and Americans really “separated by a common language”? How different are these two versions of English, actually?
How Many People Speak Spanish, And Where Is It Spoken?

How Many People Speak Spanish, And Where Is It Spoken?

You might know Spanish, but do you KNOW Spanish?
How Geography Affects Language

How Geography Affects Language

From the mountains high to the valleys low, the way we speak has something to show.
How Many People Speak Irish, And Where Is It Spoken?

How Many People Speak Irish, And Where Is It Spoken?

Speaking Irish involves a lot more than saying “Top of the morning to ya!”
How Do You Watch Theater In Other Languages?

How Do You Watch Theater In Other Languages?

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s supertitles!
What’s A Malapropism?

What’s A Malapropism?

For all intensive purposes, malapropisms are a fun figure of speech — and they can teach us something important about language.
Do Sleeping People Really Go Zzz?

Do Sleeping People Really Go Zzz?

Turns out, sleep sounds are where comics and linguistics collide.
What Are The Differences Between Accent, Pitch, Tone And Stress?

What Are The Differences Between Accent, Pitch, Tone And Stress?

Turns out when someone says “don’t use that tone with me,” they really mean “don’t use that intonation with me.”
Multilinguish: Language Is For The Young

Multilinguish: Language Is For The Young

In this episode of Multilinguish, we get into what it means for young people to change everything about the way we talk — and for older people to consistently hate it.
What Do Alphabet Songs Around The World Sound Like?

What Do Alphabet Songs Around The World Sound Like?

You know your ABCs, but do you know your АБВs?
Language On Wikipedia: How The Website Deals With The World’s Many Languages

Language On Wikipedia: How The Website Deals With The World’s Many Languages

Wikipedia handles hundreds of languages, which can cause some unique problems for the website.
How Many Languages Are There In The World?

How Many Languages Are There In The World?

How many languages are there? Why do some languages disappear while others grow and become more important? And how can you prevent languages from dying out?