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Khitan: deciphering China’s forgotten Para-Mongolic language

Khitan: deciphering China’s forgotten Para-Mongolic language

History is fickle. Your people could sweep across the steppes centuries before the Mongols. You could build a great literate empire. We can know so much about you, the life story of who was first and who last. China itself Read more…


How to Make a Language – Part 8: Writing Systems

How to Make a Language – Part 8: Writing Systems

At last we come to the final part of the language creation process: creating a writing system. First of all, and most importantly, do you really need your writing system? Many languages around the world simply never developed writing as Read more…


How Are British English and American English Different?

How Are British English and American English Different?

Hello everyone. Welcome to the Langfocus channel and my name is Paul. Today we’ll be answering the question “How are British English and American English Different?” – one of the most commonly asked questions by learners of English. And hopefully Read more…


Language nods – meaningful messages from native speakers

Language nods – meaningful messages from native speakers

I receive a lot of suggestions for linguistic tales, some short and to the point, just: language name. Once in a while though I get a special message from someone who shares how much my animations meant to them and Read more…


Mystery Languages 4 – Can you guess them all?

Follow LangFocus on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Hello everyone. Welcome to the LangFocus Channel and my name is Paul Today’s video is Mystery Languages 4 Can you guess the mystery languages? For each language I’ll give you an audio sample Read more…


What is Language?

What is Language?

African Romance: searching for traces of a lost Latin language

African Romance: searching for traces of a lost Latin language

The Roman Empire spread Latin around, eventually leaving – through the fall of empire and the Middle Ages – a bunch of different Romance languages. Wait, but what about here in Roman Africa? We know they wrote Latin; we know Read more…


Gender and Language Processing

Gender and Language Processing

So let’s talk about gender. It’s a construct that’s a large part of our lives, and we interact with it in a whole bunch of different ways. But even for those of us who think that we’ve gotten beyond gender Read more…


Why Do We Move Our Hands When We Talk?

Why Do We Move Our Hands When We Talk?

Linguistics isn’t just the study of words or sounds: it’s the study of all the parts of conversation. That includes gesture analysis, which looks at “co-speech gestures”: not posture or gaze, but winking, or sticking out your tongue, or how Read more…


Study the Bachelor of Linguistics and Language Sciences

Study the Bachelor of Linguistics and Language Sciences

SPEAKER: Ever wondered who taught Siri how to talk? Or where Dothraki or Elvish languages came from? Or even how dormant languages can be awoken? Linguistics is the scientific study of language. Macquarie’s Bachelor of Linguistics and Language Sciences will Read more…