Tag: linguistic

Africa’s Linguistic Diversity

The African continent is home to one third of the world's 6,000 languages, but less than one seventh of the world's population. Europe, which has the reputation for bilingualism due to its many close countries, has only about 300 languages. A study of 100 residents of a city in Western Uganda showed that the average speaker there spoke 4.37...

Constructed Language and Game of Thrones’ Linguistic Lure

Game of Thrones premieres this weekend and this season more and more people will be able to understand the two subtitled fantasy languages of the show: Valyrian and Dothraki. Starting with the snippets and phrases of the Dothraki language featured in George R.R. Martin's series, A Song of Fire and Ice, linguist David J. Peterson created a full working...

Ukraine Revokes Linguistic Rights

The new Ukrainian government has repealed the country’s minority language law following the resignation and flight of President Viktor Yanukovych after rioting in Kiev brought down his regime. Once the opposition took control, it voted to repeal the 2012 law allowing the official use of minority languages in areas where ethnic minorities make up more than 10% of the...

PRC and Taiwan Collaborate on Linguistic Report

Mainland China and Taiwan are putting aside their tense history to work together closely on a joint language report about their respective dialects of the Chinese language, according to a state- ment by the PRC’s Ministry of Education. The report will explore how the language has evolved since it crossed the Taiwan Strait and the variations that persist today.The plan...