Old letters in English

English has gone through a surprisingly large amount of spelling and writing changes over the centuries. When the scribes first arrived in England and started writing Old English down, it was pretty phonetic. But pronunciation moved on, but spelling didn’t. That is why today we have such a weird spelling system.

What did Richard III sound like?

Reconstructing what a language used to sound like is very hard work. There are obviously no sound recordings from back in the 1400s. But we can make an educated guess based on a few factors. Some words rhymed then that don’t rhyme now. This can tell us which sounds were the same. We can also look at spelling (and misspelling) to see how people think something should be spelled (which will tell us how they pronounced it).

Star Wars in Atlaans

Atlaans is a constructed language I created a few years back. I love doing stuff in my conlang. It adds life to Atlaans and makes it feel much more real to me, as if it existed as a fully living language out in the world. With the Star Wars movie coming out, I decided to make an Atlaans version of the Star Wars trailer. Enjoy πŸ™‚

Schwa

 

9 Fun Facts About the Schwa | Mental Floss

What is a schwa anyway? Here are nine things to help you get to know this very important vowel.

Source: mentalfloss.com/article/56821/9-fun-facts-about-schwa

Schwa is that funny sound we make in English in some words. We don’t pronounce the “o” in the word “photography” the same whereever it appears. The first “o” is pronounced with a unstressed sound that is called a schwa. Unstressed sounds in English are often pronounced as a schwa.

 

A song in Low German

De fofftig Penns is a hip hop band from Germany that was founded in 2003 when the band members were still in school. They messed around with it during school times, but only performed publicly in 2009. In 2010,Β Platt (which was their first single) was released online under the BoingBoing record label.

Proto Germanic

I thought it was a shame that there was not enough resources out there for Proto Germanic, which is the grandfather of my native language, English. So I found this sample of Proto Germanic on another video and decided to put it into a video all its own. Enjoy πŸ™‚