Neatorama Posts Tagged "linguistics"
The Language Detectives...

On a Dallas-bound flight in1979, Roger Shuy, a pro...  ...s-bound flight in1979, Roger Shuy, a professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, struck up a conversatio...  ...But it wasn’t until the 1980s that forensic linguistics came into its own as a profession. Before that, l...  ...nguage- but in th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2017/10/12/The-Language-Detectives/
Why Do Canadians Say 'Eh'?...

The Canadian linguistic quirk of putting "eh" at the end of a sentence is an example of a tag, which is a word or phrase appended to a sentence. In Mandarin, any statement appended with "ma" turns that statement into a q...

http://www.neatorama.com/2017/01/10/Why-Do-Canadians-Say-Eh/
The Most and Least Metal Words...

(Photo: Robert Bejil)What gets your heart pumping and your head banging? It's definitely not lyrics that include words such as "committee" and "approximately."Iain, a data scientist, blogs at Degenerate State. He conduct...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/07/29/The-Most-and-Least-Metal-Words/
How Dunkin' Donuts Changed the Dictionary...

(Photo: QFamily)The origin of the doughnut is shrouded in mystery, but it probably began in mid-Nineteenth Century America when a woman named Elizabeth Gregory made pastries, each of which had a single nut in the center....

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/06/24/How-Dunkin-Donuts-Changed-the-Dictionary/
When Did "a Thing" Become a Thing?...

*alarm goes off*Ugh, this again. *remembers breakfast is a thing*Well, alright then.— Chris Hallbeck (@ChrisHallbeck) April 21, 2016 Lots of things are things now. For example, micro braids for hair are now a thin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/04/21/When-Did-a-Thing-Become-a-Thing/
Emoji Are Not Language...

(Despic-Emoji t-shirt on sale at the NeatoShop)In Book I of his Confessions, Saint Augustine of Hippo explained how he as a child acquired language:When they named any thing, and as they spoke turned towards it, I saw an...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/04/09/Emoji-Are-Not-Language/
How Societies Learn to Count to 10...

(Photo via War Eagle Reader)The rabbits in the novel Watership Down can count up to four. Any number higher than that is "hrair", which means "more than four" but is often translated as "a thousand."This is not dissimila...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/07/How-Societies-Learn-to-Count-to-10/
Mapping Your Dialect...

Whoa! The New York Times has a 25-question survey that tries to discern where in the U.S. you live (or were raised) by how you pronounce words. They pegged me pretty good, as I live in the triangle plotted by the cities...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/23/Mapping-Your-Dialect/
"Huh?" is a Universal Word that Binds Confused Humans Together...

There are over 7,100 known living languages being spoken in the world, and there's probably one single commonality in all of them: a universal word that binds all humanity and underscores that we are all often in the sta...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/11/10/Huh-is-a-Universal-Word-that-Binds-Confused-Humans-Together/
23 Words That Survived Since the Ice Age...

Map shows the regions with languages descending from the 7 Eurasiatic language families (Image: Pagel et al./PNAS) We're all just part of a big, happy, linguistic family. Evolutionary biologist...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/05/07/23-Words-That-Survived-Since-the-Ice-Age/




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