Standardization of Basque

Dec 8, 2011 by

BY MICHAEL JAMES LANCASTER (“Languages of the World”) Until recently, Basque—the ancestral language of the people who inhabit the Basque Country of northeastern Spain and southwestern France—had neither a standardized...

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On tone genesis in Vietnamese

Dec 8, 2011 by

BY NIKHIL RAGHURAM (“Languages of the World”) Even though there is a fairly well accepted model for the development of tones in Vietnamese, linguists still have questions about Vietnamese tonogenesis. One of the major...

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Swahili

Dec 8, 2011 by

BY TYLER JAMISON (“Languages of the World”)             Swahili is spoken by more than 60 million people (5 million people speak it as their mother tongue) and is the most widely known language in Africa after Arabic. It...

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"A Lost Germanic Sister": The Gothic Language

Dec 8, 2011 by

BY ERIC TUAN (“Languages of the World”) Although it has not been spoken as a living language in over a millenium, the Gothic language is a vital part of the linguistic heritage of modern-day Germanic speakers. Among...

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The Purification of the Icelandic Language

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BY JONATHAN POTTER (“Languages of the World”) Languages borrow words from each other all the time. If you are not convinced, try ordering food from an Italian restaurant without saying any words borrowed from Italian....

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