Articles for Languages/Linguistic curiosities

Should we use “translate” as a noun? A case of “nominalisation” of a verb

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

The conversion of verbs into nouns is called "nominalisation" (the opposite, turning nouns into verbs, is called "verbing" or "denominalisation"). There are two types of nominalisation. The first involves adding a suffix: the verb "to investigate" produces ...

Scientific research on constructed languages suggests that, in language learning, the human mind may be structured in advance of experience

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

A recent article by David Adger, Professor of Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London, for the BBC's "Science Focus" magazine, addresses the age-old controversy among linguists about whether human minds are set up to ...