warrenellis + language   10

The weird world of the hapax legomenon | Coffee House
- "‘manticratic’ was (a word) made up by T.E. Lawrence to describe a society ruled by the descendants of a prophet."
writing  language 
march 2018 by warrenellis
Fight on to preserve Elfdalian, Sweden's lost forest language | ScienceNordic
"Secret language has preserved linguistic features that are to be found nowhere else in Scandinavia."
language  history 
october 2015 by warrenellis
Chacking to hear some Cornish dialects? - Sound and vision blog
"This month we've uploaded linguistic descriptions of conversations about local speech in Warleggan, Penzance, Mawla, St Feock and Truro. Together they constitute the set of BBC Voices Recordings made by BBC Radio Cornwall. The descriptions list the participants' responses to a set of prompt words and, in the case of Mawla, St Feock and Truro, also include a detailed description of the phonology and grammar of the speakers. - See more at: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/sound-and-vision/2015/03/chacking-to-hear-some-cornish-dialects.html#sthash.W1f1038r.7dsOBKUD.dpuf"
culture  language  voice  audio 
march 2015 by warrenellis
What is blue and how do we see color? - Business Insider
"do you really see something if you don't have a word for it?"
culture  language 
march 2015 by warrenellis
Why Do We Say “Wide Awake”?
"The lovely term far nights, with its obsolete genitive, meaning “late in the night,” goes back to Wyatt’s time, and far days even farther."
language  writing 
january 2015 by warrenellis
Dolphins may be calling each other by name - CNN.com
"It seems one dolphin can call another specifically by mimicking the distinct whistle of that other dolphin. "These whistles actually turned out to be names. They're abstract names, which is unheard of in the animal kingdom beyond people.""
march 2013 by warrenellis
Music and spirituality may be legacies of motherese: expert
"Professor Parncutt said one of the most compelling arguments is that music is based on ‘motherese’, a universal form of sonic and gestural communication between mothers and infants, which probably emerged between one and two million years ago as brain size increased and the gestation period of humans shortened. As infants became increasingly fragile, mother-infant communication became increasingly important for survival..."
history  language  music 
january 2011 by warrenellis

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