Do You Speak a Language? Check Out These Linguistics Books To Learn More!

Do You Speak a Language? Check Out These Linguistics Books To Learn More!

Whether you use language to communicate or have formally studied linguistics, you can’t deny that language is interesting. How its both simple and complex, how you learn the rules then break them, how you have to follow said rules but also rely on instinct, and so much more. These books will both teach you about language and linguistics, and you’ll also learn more about the world than you thought some language book could teach you. Go check these out! 1. Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCullogh A personal favorite, Because Internet is a hilarious, relatable, …

Get Excited for the World Language Museum!

Get Excited for the World Language Museum!

There are so many museums out there in the world, and finally there is going to be a museum dedicated to words and language. The museum will be located in Washington, DC, which is also home to the first ever African American Museum. Now it will be home to the first ever word and language museum, right in the city’s heart, inside the historic Franklin School. Image via D C Curbed It is going to be 51,000 square feet and it will have many different exhibits. The museum is designed to educate people on the different languages from around the …

‘Star Wars’ Terminology Added to Oxford English Dictionary

‘Star Wars’ Terminology Added to Oxford English Dictionary

In recent years, the Oxford English Dictionary has been the center of of linguistic controversy, due to their unconventional additions to the compendium. For example, in 2015 the OED announced that the recipient of their coveted ‘Word of The Year’ title was the ‘Face With Tears of Joy’ emoji.   Image via CNN   Oxford stated that the emoji was chosen, because it was the ‘word’ that “best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015,” though it wasn’t met without opposition.     Today’s controversy, however, is being received much more positively. OED released a list of all the …

Exhibition Shows 80% of All Surviving Old English Verse Together for First Time in History

Exhibition Shows 80% of All Surviving Old English Verse Together for First Time in History

The Daily Times reports that “something like 80 percent of all surviving Old English verse survives in four physical books, and for the first time in recorded history they are all together.” An exhibition in British Library in London, displays an “array of documents, books and archaeological evidence to form a dense picture of the Anglo-Saxon period, including a burial urn with runic inscriptions in early English from Loveden Hill, Lincolnshire, England.” Medieval historian Mary Wellesley told BBC Culture that “the period that is represented by Old English is about 600 years, which is like between us and back to Chaucer. Imagine if there were only four …

Here’s Why English as a Major Is Slowly Declining

Here’s Why English as a Major Is Slowly Declining

The analysis by the Association of English, or ADE, part of the Modern Language Association, reports that Bachelors degrees conferred to English majors are down 20% since 2012.   Image Via Insidehighered.com   The peak for English majors was between 1991 to 2012, averaging about 52,684 per year, whereas between 1989 and 2016, the amount of English major degrees earned at American universities dropped to 42,868. The data from the National Center for Education Statistics and ADE’s reports other humanities fields falling as well.   Image Via Usishield.com   Thanks to the internet and social media, jobs for the English majors are …