The Language Nerds - Part 24

Will Everyone In The World Eventually Speak English?

We can’t predict the future, but we can certainly learn from the past. And the answer to the above question is a resounding NO. Of course, you may have a difference of opinion, but consider the line of reasoning first. While it is true that more than 50% of the 6000-7000 languages in the world are endangered and will be dead in a matter of a century, that still leaves billions of people speaking the rest of the remaining languages, which can be numbered between 600-700. Compared to one, this is a huge number. 

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These Sentences Are Perfectly Grammatical. Learn How They Trick You.

 What if I told you that you have a blueprint for speaking a certain language? When you come across a grammatical sentence that matches our blueprint, you easily process it and accept it as a sentence that belongs to your (native) language. But, when you come across an ungrammatical sentence that doesn’t match the blueprint, you rule it out, as simple as that. However, sometimes some grammatical sentences in disguise mess with the blueprint and they challenge us cognitively. They are perfectly grammatical but generally not acceptable as they initially seem incorrect; they lead us down a garden path. Incidentally, these sentences are called garden-path sentences

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Here is How Linguists Know That Extinct Languages Existed​.

Did Proto-Indo-European, or any reconstructed language for that matter, really exist? Of course it did, linguists say so! But do you know how were they able to know that? Humm! No worries, this is what this article is all about.

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Interesting Facts About the English Language that You Didn’t Know.

No one disagrees that English is such a weird language. It has been the largest language to have been thoroughly studied, revealing more its peculiarities. Today, we brought some of the strangest facts that research has revealed about English. Aside from being a language where one drives in a parkway and parks in a driveway, recites in a play, and plays in a recital, here are some other facts about English: 

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The sweet adventure of the English language.

Among the languages that enjoy a significant prestige and history is obviously English. The greatness of English, ironically enough, was inherited not from the speakers it has today, and as the language of the Free World, but from its great history, a history of blood and sacrifice. So see how English stumbled its way to the modern world.

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The pathetic story behind the English word “thing”.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the peculiar etymology of a very peculiar word: ‘thing’.

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Tracking the etymology and history of words is a fun exercise. This exercise gets even funnier when you realize that such very common words have weird etymologies. In this article, I am going to draw your attention to probably the most used noun in the English language. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the peculiar etymology of a very peculiar word: ‘thing’.   I would describe the etymology of ‘thing’ to be hilariously pathetic as would you when you read the whole story behind the word.

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Here is why Latin​ is still​ spoken by more than half a billion people.

It is well-established that Latin ceased to exist centuries ago, or in other words, Latin died. But, is Latin really dead? What if I told you that Latin is still alive and kicking! Would you believe that? Well, you might not. So, please read on! 

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Here is why the world will never speak one universal language.

The question of why can’t the world speak a single language is echoed more often, either by people interested in languages or by people whose interest in languages does not go beyond using them to communicate. That’s why we have to seriously consider this question. So why can’t just everybody wake up someday and decide to speak a single language? Easy-peasy! Why do we have all this linguistic mush of so many different languages? 

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Would You Be Smarter If You Learned More Vocabulary?

At a basic level, the answer to this specific question is yes: as you are learning these specific words, you are presumably learning about the concepts associated with these words. These are (again, presumably) new concepts to you and so you are learning new ways to think about things. But we can also consider the opposite question: Does a limited vocabulary limit what you can think about? 

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