Yiddish is a very old language with a rich history. Several languages have adopted Yiddish words, and you will find quite a few Yiddish words in New York English. There are many Yiddish speakers in New York City and they fall into two groups. Why so? And how do they maintain the use of the language given the dominance of the English language? Yakov Blum explained all that in his talk at the Polyglot Conference in New York City.Read More
Let’s start with a puzzle: which language has the longest history of written records in the Western world? Did you guess it? It’s Greek! The oldest written evidence of the Greek language dates to between 1450 and 1350 BC. Greek is the language of Homer, of the great philosophers who influenced the western thought, of Herodotus - the first historian -, of the great dramatists who shaped theater and inspired the world of art.Read More
The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, aka “linguistic relativity” or “Whorfianism,” has reigned for some time in the past and resurges from time to time. The idea is that the language you speak determines (or influences) the way you see and understand the world around you.Read More
Mango Languages uses its own unique methodology to teach languages and here are some tips for how to get the most of it from one of our very own linguists: Lilia!Read More
We have recently been sent some questions on how the tenses imperfetto and passato prossimo are used. Here are some tips which we hope will help you with the use of these two tenses.Read More
During his talk at the Polyglot Conference 2015, in New York City, Tim Doner described how historical linguists work. Historical linguistics is a branch of linguistics that examines how languages change and evolve over time. Languages are not unrelated to one another, but they form families. For example, you may have heard that Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Romanian all come from Latin, so they form a family called Romance languages (which by the way has nothing to do with romance; they are called so because they come from a language that Romans, the inhabitants of ancient Rome, had spoken.)
December 7th is Noam Chomsky’s birthday, so I'd like to dedicate this post to his contributions to Linguistics.
Noam Chomsky is the father of modern Linguistics. Back in 1957, Chomsky with his revolutionary book Syntactic Structures laid the foundation of his non-empiricist theory of language. Two years later, with his review of B. F. Skinner’ Verbal Behavior, he showed that Behaviorism, the dominant approach to language at the time, was no longer to be the way of studying language.Read More