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German with English cognates

Cognates are words of common origin. German “Hand” and English “hand”, for instance.These are obviously the same word. But sometimes

A look at English Words with Scottish Gaelic origin

By C.S. Sharpe Ah, English, a language which is approximately 80-90% a mish-mash of other languages inorigin. A language where

How Corpora Changed Linguistics

Oscar Torres A long time ago in a German forest far, far away, two brothers who by chance happened to

Asterix and Obelix – playing with languages

By Giulia Raus Who doesn’t know Asterix and Obelix, the magic duo that stops the Romans from conquering France –

The Eymological Corner

Katarzyna Koźma Peace If you have read any of my texts before you have probably noticed that the topic ofeach

The (not so) Silly Linguistics of Emoji

One thing that millennials like me are probably aware of is how horribly our parents use emoji. It’s not only


Meet the most colorful and musical conlangby Joana Bourlon Are constructed languages “real” languages ? Some people would say yes,

Was it William or Guillaume?

The Language of the Norman Conquest and Beyond Marc Pomerleau, Université TÉLUQ, Quebec, Canada Statue of Guillaume le Conquérant in

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Why “good”, “better”, “best”?

We have “tall”, “taller”, and “tallest”, “high”, “higher” and “highest”, “big”, “bigger” and “biggest”. Why do we not have “good”,

Language – tree or machine?

Are languages like trees? Did they grow and evolve slowly over time? Or did they get invented by some clever

Why do people say “me and my friend”?

Short answer: English probably works differently than we think it does Long answer: People use their native language effortlessly provided