Language Families

Hey there! Let’s get back to some language talk today. Let’s talk about language families. So, first, what is a language family? It is a group of languages that are derived from the same ancestor (proto) language. So, the mother language for all Indo-European languages is Proto-Indo-European, for example. We get languages families by building... Continue Reading →

The Language of Emotions

   If you think about a particular emotion, how many words can you use to express it? How many words do you know to express a different side of an emotion? There are more than you might think.    I recently stumbled across a list of feelings with the associated words, and the list is... Continue Reading →

A Language Constant: Change

Provided by Betul Erbasi from betulerbasi.com Hey, it is me, Betul (betulerbasi.com)! I am here again to talk about something about languages. This time, let’s talk about language change! Let’s start this time with a guessing game this time. Guess which word the following pronunciation forms stand for (this is called phonetic transcription and we... Continue Reading →

UNIVERSAL GRAMMAR, SAY WHAT?!

Provided by Betul Erbasi from betulerbasi.com How are you?    English Wie geht es dir? German Nasılsın? Turkish  كيف حالك Arabic 你好嗎? Mandarin お元気ですか? Japanese The phrases in the set above mean the same thing in different languages. They look fairly different, right? I would not think that these languages could share anything at all. Well,... Continue Reading →

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