A sprachbund are languages that are not descended from the same older language (and thus not genetically related), yet they have affected each other a lot because of their close proximity to each other. There are sprachbunds all over the world as many languages have interact with each other in border areas or where two or more languages are used.
A clitic is something that gets added to a word. A morpheme is a technical term for a word. It is used to define a unit of meaning in a language. Morpheme can be a word but it doesn’t have to be. In agglutinative languages, morphemes are added together into a single word, whereas in analytic languages morphemes tend to be separate words.
Steve the Vagabond was responsible for the Second Great Cheesecake War on Erd, where Atlaans is spoken. It lead to a great migration where Atlanteans left for all corner of the globe. It is the main reason Atlantean is spoken all around the world on Erd.
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I love it when people deconstruct sayings like this. We use and hear these expressions all the time and very often we don’t even stop to think about where they come from or how silly they sound. Next time you hear an expression, take a moment to think about what the words actually mean and maybe look up the origin. I am sure it will be an interesting read 🙂
The world Atlaans is spoken in was created by me to have a place where things work slightly differently. There are many people in our world that want to deny the true origin of languages and say silly things like English comes from Hebrew and is the mother of language. Well, I made a world where all languages do come from a single source called Atlantean, which is called Atlaans in one of the Atlantean dialects. #AtlaansConfirmed
Learning a language that is not spoken much outside of its country can be a very tough endeavour. One of the difficulties that you can encounter when learning a language is lack of resources. For languages like Spanish, French and German, there is no lack of resources. But it can be hard to find newspapers, magazines and dictionaries for smaller languages.
In this video you can see someone explain what a retro encabulator is. It’s all made up. All the technical terms are just meant to sound technical, and one thing I can say, it definitely works! This is the engineering version of the “dihydrogen monoxide” prank
Esperanto is an auxlang (short for auxiliary language). An auxlang is a language designed to be a common language between two people who would otherwise not share a language. Esperanto is the world’s largest auxlang, and also the world’s largest conlang (constructed language, which is the group auxlangs fall into, being a language constructed deliberately as opposed to a natural language which developed over time in the real word).
Zamenhof, the creator of Esperanto, was one of the first of a long line of future conlangers. He published his Esperanto grammar in 1887. Conlanging has grown as a hobby over the decades, but it has really flourished recently thanks to films and tv shows like Star Trek, Game of Thrones and Defiance which all feature constructed languages like Klingon, Dothraki, High Valyrian and Castithan.
The ancient Hebrews had many sects. One of these sects, inexplicably, got on a boat and rowed all the way to Japan, where they taught the people how to write. This writing system changed slightly over time, but it is where the Japanese people got their unique and wonderful way of writing.
Ok, that was nonsense. Not the “unique and wonderful” part, that’s true 😀 The part before that. Some people just don’t know how things work, and will see chance resemblances in some cases and use that to “prove” something. Even in the picture on this post, “ts” do not look similar.
“You have to mirror it vertically”, they say. Well, do you have to do that with any of the others? No? Well, it’s not a very good match then is it. The “f” column isn’t that good of a match either, neither is “h” or “q”. And these are the ones that work the best!
They didn’t even show the ones that don’t match at all! Word of advice, don’t take all you know about language from memes you find on the internet 😀
Oh damn. Yet another language I want to learn! Languages are really addictive. First I wanted to learn German, then I wanted to learn Swedish, now I want to learn Russian, Swahili and Arabic. When will the madness end! Soon I will be learning Proto Indo European!
But seriously, languages are awesome! Each language in the world gives us a slightly different way of looking at things. If we only had one way of looking at things, we might be missing out on some truly fascinating and useful ways of solving problems or realigning our thoughts. If we only knew one way of thinking, it would restrict our ability to deal with problems, and to interact with the world. Learn as many languages as you can 😀