In defense of puns

Puns are awesome! Puns are little bits of language fun that can be employed at any moment. They aren’t dumb. They actually take work and practise. You can’t just Russian to them or you are Ghana have a bad time. Are you Hungary for more puns, then check out this video πŸ˜€

Language Change

 

Do You Speak American . Words That Shouldn’t Be? . Sez Who? . Change | PBS

Source: www.pbs.org/speak/words/sezwho/change/

Language change is a very interesting thing to look into. Languages change due to political and social forces. When people start speaking differently, they still know what is the “correct” (correct is defined only by usage, not by some textbook or dictionary) form that they grew up with but will still choose to change how they pronounce some words or phrases.

The next generation will have grown up with those changes so to them they are normal. The cycle will then repeat in that they make changes to what they feel is normal language. Thus over the generations the language will change more and more. Languages tend to change more slowly in literate societies since people are connected to what the language was like in preceding centuries.

Latin

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Latin is an interesting case. It is in fact not dead, but has evolved into new forms, such as Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese. But the older form is still around in the works of Roman authors, politicians and other important people. It is undeniably not a living language anymore since it has no native speakers, but it is still having an impact on the world, so it is at the very best undead πŸ˜€

Language challenge

Swedish and Finnish are both really cool languages! But interestingly, Swedish is more closely related to Hindi than it is to Finnish thanks to language history. Swedish and Hindi are both Indo European languages, which means that they are descended from Proto Indo European, whereas Finnish is a Uralic language.

Google Translate

 

Why Google believes nothing will be lost in translation – BBC News

Neural networks are set to give Google Translate a better understanding of languages

Source: www.bbc.com/news/technology-33481535

Google Translate is an awesome tool for learning languages. It is good at picking up conjugations and syntax, so even if you can’t decode a word or sentence, you can put it into Google Translate and get a good idea of what the sentence is really about. It is also a really cool way to look up the meaning of a word quickly.

How Iggy Azalea mastered AAVE

 

How Iggy Azalea mastered her β€˜blaccent’ – The Washington Post

Iggy Azalea may be an imitator — but she’s a skilled one.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/01/04/how-a-white-australian-rapper-mastered-her-blaccent/?tid=sm_tw

AAVE (African American Vernacular English), also known as “Black English” is a dialect of English spoken in America by most Black people. It has a lot in common with dialect from Southern England. It has an cool aspect system (aspect is used to describe when something was done) and has some interesting quirks, such as dropping the copula in some cases.

A fascinating look at a deaf person’s struggles with life in a hearing world

 

This is What It’s Really Like to Lip Read | Mental Floss

Rachel Kolb, who has been deaf since birth, explains just how hard it is to communicate in a world without sound.

Source: mentalfloss.com/article/72800/what-its-really-lip-read

We live in a world set up for hearing people. How do you make sense of something if you don’t have all the pieces? This is daily life for a deaf person. Lip reading is not a magic art. It is simply learning how to make sense of lip movements. But if you can’t see the mouth, then you can’t work anything out. And even if you can see it, your angle to the person might be bad, so it is very hard to work out what they are saying/

Let it Go in Icelandic

Frozen is a cool movie from a language point of view because it has been translated into so many different languages. Disney has translated the movie into over 40 languages. Right now you can find versions of Frozen in English, German, French, Spanish (both European and Latin American), Catalan, Thai, Icelandic and many more!