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Latin did not die; it evolved and it is still very much alive.

A common belief among people nowadays is that Latin has ceased to exist centuries ago, or, in other words, Latin died. But, is Latin really dead? And, as language enthusiasts, do we just up and believe this at face value? So, in this article of today, you are going to see that Latin is not dead; Latin is still alive and kicking! But how is that? Read on! 
While Classical Latin is undoubtedly a dead, though not an extinct, language; some residue of this Classical Latin, called Ecclesiastical Latin, still roams our society as we speak, you can find it in such things as the Pope’s Twitter account. But this is not the kind of Latins I wanna talk about here. I want to talk about the one which has around 800 million speakers worldwide today; Modern Latin.
Modern Latin is what came to be known as Romance Languages, manifested in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Catalan, etc. which can be regarded as dialects of Latin. Have at the following Romance Language family tree for a s…
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Language learning: Your ultimate visual guide.

Learning a new language and excelling at it is a tremendous task. It takes effort, time, and a lot of determination. Let's face it, people like us, language nerds, devote a considerable amount of time, sometimes money, to learn a new language or two. But still, the devastation is there. Language learning theories sometimes suck and sometimes they are as good as a pile of old dirt. Without needless technical details, The Language Nerds brought to you a language learning infographic that was put together by a team in UndergradedPoints. This infographic visualizes the optimal language learning process and shows you how language learning is best practiced, according to science. So let's get down to it. Have a good read! 


It is important to remember that this infographic is not exhaustive and does not cover all the mundane details of language learning. But, if followed correctly, it can take you a long way. We wish you a lot of luck in your indeavor and we really wish you stay the …

What is Universal Grammar?

If you are even slightly interested in language and linguistics, chances are you heard the term Universal Grammar a fair amount of times. It is a central concept in modern linguistics and the most controversial. It is a term that was born in the pursuit of trying to answer some very fundamental  and old questions related to language. But what exactly is Universal Grammar? 
Short version: 
Universal Grammar (UG) is, simply put, the idea that all human languages share the same fundamental principles. It’s mostly associated with Noam Chomsky, and is inseparable from the poverty of the stimulus argument and the innateness hypothesis.
Long version:
This idea is primarily borne out of observations made on first language acquisition research. See, our children acquire their native language(s) at a psychologically breakneck pace, which most linguists and psychologists generally agree on. Chomsky noted that children acquire linguistic features that their parents very rarely produce, if ever, an…

What linguists know that other people don't.

Being a linguist, or an advanced student of linguistics, is a privilege in a lot of respects. As you analyze language and everyday speech you start to realize that there is an astonishing amount of wonder in this system that we take for granted. Linguists question the obvious, which is language, and got answers that forever changed mankind’s understanding of Language and human nature. They also made us aware of many issues related to language and the attitudes we hold towards them. In this article, you will see what linguists know that is not so evident to, or not accepted by, other people. So let's see what we've got.
We all speak one language. One of the main discoveries of modern linguistics is that it made us aware that all the languages we speak are similar in astonishing respects; they manifest the same pattern, follow the same rules, they are learnt in exactly the same way, and that all the differences are only superficial. So, in a sense we all speak the same language.…

The power of self-esteem: understand it and bend to your direction.

The impact of self-esteem is undeniably profound. It has a massive effect on the quality of our lives and how we function in society. High self-esteem is correlated with positive thinking and happiness in general, whereas low self-esteem is correlated with negativity and constant overthinking and confusion. A good understanding of self-esteem and how it is responsible for the quality of the life we are leading is a good starting point to figure out ways to boost one’s self-esteem and enhance particular areas of one’s life. What I want to do in this blog posts is show you the benefits of having a high level of self-esteem and show you also that it is more powerful than you think, just bear with me.  Relationships In the area of love and intimate relationships, self-esteem can be a huge determinant of the success of our relationships with our partners. If both partners enjoy a fundamental sense of efficacy and worth, and see themselves as lovable and able to project love, the experience…

What can you do with a degree in linguistics?

When you tell someone that you are a linguist, they respond in: how many languages do you speak?  People so often assume that a linguist's job is to learn as much languages as possible, when in actuality it is not anything near that. So, let us put an end to this erroneous assumption once and for all. 
Linguists do not engage in learning languages, linguists engage in studying how language works. And when I say language, I mean human language, an umbrella term that subsumes all languages spoken by humans, including pidgins, creoles, and sign languages. Thanks to linguists the world is a better place now, many daunting problems that existed for centuries have been solved because now we have a better understanding of language and language-related issues. in this article, you will see, in full-length, the contributions of linguists to the modern world. And you are going to see that it's a disgrace to confine a linguist's job to just learning languages. 
Let me just give you …

What's possible with the human language?

The human language is by far the most powerful tool that humanity has. After all, what distinguishes us from animals is this sweet little thing we call ‘language’. By just manipulating the air that comes out of our mouths, we can start a relationship, a marriage, or even a war. The things we can do with language and their gravity are tremendous. The communicative potential of the human language is open-ended and breath-taking. We can talk about literally anything, even about hypothetical things that have no existence outside our heads, like math, philosophy, or unicorns. It’s like what Pinker wittingly said: “we can shape events in each other’s heads with exquisite precision”. 
In this article, I want to draw your attention to the incredible role that language played in the advancement of human life. Let me just tell you that we are where we are because of language. "how come?" you'd say. Well, read on.  Cultural Progress. One of the most powerful things that language br…

Problems still unsolved in linguistics.

Linguistics as a field of study flourished tremendously and beyond the hopes of its original founders. It issued a cognitive revolution that started in the 1950s and has been extending ever since. Thanks to linguistics we know so much about human languages than ever before, from their origins, why is there so many of them, to how to use language to solve crimes. Not only that, linguistics gave us pretty compelling insights into the nature of the human mind, how to build talking machines, how to train people with dyslexia so they could read, how to repair brain functions that pertain to language, etc. It is an impressive feat. There is only one very big problem: the main language mysteries that linguistics set out to uncover are still as mysterious as ever before. Many fundamental problems to linguistics are still unsolved. You’d be surprised to know how little we know about central issues in the study of language. That’s what this whole article is about. So, let’s highlight together …