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Constructed Languages

Constructed Languages

So let’s talk about definitions. What defines a language? Is it just a bunch of words strung together in interesting ways? Or are there some properties that make it special? However you define it, there’s no denying that people love Read more…


How Logical is Language? Sentential Logic

How Logical is Language? Sentential Logic

So let’s talk about logic. Maybe you think it’s only Logic-Bots who care about this, but you might be surprised. In one form or another, logic has been around for thousands of years, and it’s extra interesting to linguists as Read more…


Language and the Brain

Language and the Brain

So let’s talk about brains. We all know they’re delicious… I mean, important. They’re crucial for how we handle life in general, from our heartbeats to our feelings to our walking around. And language is no exception – without a Read more…


Places and Manners of Articulation

Places and Manners of Articulation

So let’s talk about your mouth. Have you ever really thought about your mouth? Because it’s pretty amazing. People have got all these articulators, all these moving parts, that work together to make the huge variety of sounds that we Read more…


Transfer in Second Language Acquisition

Transfer in Second Language Acquisition

So let’s talk about moving. It’s a real challenge to get all of your stuff from one place to another. The thing is, even if you decide to leave lots of junk behind, one thing you’re always stuck with is Read more…


Marie’s Dictionary

Marie’s Dictionary

[GO PROJECT FILMS] [MARIE’S DICTIONARY] [In the United States more than 130 Native American languages are endangered.] [Several are on the verge of extinction with only a handful of fluent speakers remaining.] A long time ago there were no people, Read more…


The International Phonetic Alphabet

The International Phonetic Alphabet

So let’s talk about sounds. At first, you might think that writing down all the sounds you hear the way that you hear them should be pretty straightforward. But if you’re listening to me now, you’ve probably struggled with enough Read more…


Language Acquisition and Universal Grammar

Language Acquisition and Universal Grammar

So let’s talk about babies. Very cute, right? It’s hard to look at a baby smiling at you and not feel good. But even the most devoted parents don’t generally think of their baby as a cognitive powerhouse. But babies Read more…