Norfuk Language

Dec 9, 2010 by

To continue our theme of the fate of English in far and remote places, today we will look at Norfuk language, a form of English spoken on Norfolk and Pitcairn islands in South Pacific. In fact, Norfuk is not just a form of English,...

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Falkland Islands English

Dec 6, 2010 by

Discussions of English as a global language often focus on English in large native-speaker countries like the U.S., Canada, Australia etc. and on places where English is spoken non-natively, like India, eastern Africa and Southeast...

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Finns, genes and languages

Apr 8, 2010 by

The Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) has compiled the Finnish Gene Atlas, which contains genome-wide gene marker data for more than 40,000 Finns. Among the findings are two interesting points: (1) Finns are unique on...

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Welsh in Aberdeenshire?!

Apr 1, 2010 by

Knowing something about the world’s languages, at least those spoken on one’s home turf, turns out to be a useful skill even for people whose jobs, seemingly, have nothing to do with linguistics. According to a BBC news item, “people...

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The languages of Scotland

Mar 28, 2010 by

When I ask my students what languages are spoken in Scotland, I usually get one of two answers: English or Scottish (or both). But in fact, it is not just two but three languages that are spoken in Scotland, and while one of them has...

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