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What will Future English be like?

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English has changed in the past, but what comes next? Hop into your time machine and predict the future of our language. Along the way, we'll meet quirky creoles, living fossils and even languages with only one speaker left.

Is watching too much fun for you? Read instead:
http://www.nativlang.com/ed...

Art, audio and animation by nativlang
Some images from morguefile.com
Music:
Go Cart & Funkorama, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Time Passing By, Jason Shaw (audionautix.com)
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English has changed in the past, but what comes next? Hop into your time machine and predict the future of our language. Along the way, we'll meet quirky creoles, living fossils and even languages with only one speaker left.

Is watching too much fun for you? Read instead:
http://www.nativlang.com/ed...

Art, audio and animation by nativlang
Some images from morguefile.com
Music:
Go Cart & Funkorama, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Time Passing By, Jason Shaw (audionautix.com) Show less

What is human language? - Big questions. Quick overviews. Play

Major ideas about human language. If you have a few spare minutes, join me for a tour of any one of these big questions:

What is language, and what are languages?
What's the difference between a language and a dialect?
How do you know if someone's using "bad grammar"?
Where is language in the brain?
Do people who speak different languages think differently?
Is language an acquired skill or an innate ability?
What is meaning?
What is linguistics?
What is logic?
What is the relationship between language and reasoning?

Some future videos in the works:
What do abstractions, analogies and errors have to do with how we learn to think and speak?

I want each one to look better than the last. It takes time to get these just right, but more are on the way!

The Eavesdropping Traveler Play

Travel with me as we explore the quirks of a destination through the words and sounds of its languages.

Each video is a short "language and travel" vignette, focusing on a single destination. See how a simple feature of a local language can open up a window to the history and culture of places near and far!

IPA for Language Learning - Introduction to Phonetics Play

Learn the International Phonetic Alphabet to help you pronounce a foreign language. This series covers consonants, vowels, syllables and their features. Also discusses the basics of prosody and introduces the concept of utterances.

Grammar of Words - Introduction to Morphology Play

Lessons introducing you to the grammar of words and parts of words. Learn about morphemes and allomorphs, then consider how languages use morphemes to build words that reflect grammatical properties in a variety of word classes.

The body of this series examines word classes (parts of speech) to get a feel for grammatical features that often revolve around a single word: nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives and particles. The final video considers properties that emerge when we consider multiple words together, but that are still reflected in the form of a single word.

Once you complete the grammar of words, you're ready to advance to the next playlist - "Grammar of Sentences".

Pronunciation in Language - Introduction to Phonology Play

Lessons introducing the basics of pronunciation in world languages. This course uses Spanish as a sample language to study phonemes, allophones, syllables, and rules & environments.

This course builds on an earlier one, the "IPA for Language Learning". Please complete that series first to get the most out of the "Introduction to Phonology".

As with all of the linguistics lessons on this channel, take your time. Grab a pen and notebook, rewind as needed, think of more examples that fit each topic, and complete the associated exercises on the nativlang.com website.

Intro to Historical Linguistics - how languages change Play

Learn how languages change over time and relate to one another. Historically speaking, what is a language? What are language families? How can we distinguish related words from unrelated words? Can we reconstruct undocumented languages to know what they sounded like?

This series relies on two other playlists on my channel - "Intro to IPA" and "Intro to Phonology". Here are the topics covered in this playlist:

1. Languages, dialects, registers & idiolects.

2. Comparing basic core vocabulary. Words can resemble each other because they are genuine cognates, borrowed loanwords or due to chance.

3. Language family trees. Parent & daughter languages. Attested, undocumented and reconstructed languages. Innovations & retentions.

4. The process of reconstructing a proto-language. Regular sound correspondences.

Logic & Language - a short introduction to logic Play

Learn to use symbolic logic as a way to understand ordinary language. These straightforward lessons tackle the basics you'll need for evaluating the logic of everyday claims.

Using this newfound knowledge, you can be a little more thoughtful in the statements you make and a little more critical of the ones you hear.

Speaking of criticism, the next series that builds on this one is all about the logic of arguments. It's called "Logic & Arguments". I hope you check it out after you've mastered this material.

Get out your notepad and pen (or pencil) and hit play, and let's get logical!

Romance Languages: Grammar of Romance & Vulgar Latin Play

A comparative grammar of Vulgar Latin and the Romance languages. Lessons cover major languages like French and Spanish and "minor" ones like Catalan and Sardinian.
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