Articles for Languages/Linguistic curiosities

Internet writing: behind the apparent carelessness is a subtly tuned awareness of the full spectrum of the language

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village   Towards the end of the last decade, a distinctive minimalist style emerged among the users of the micro-blogging site Tumblr: capitals were mostly dispensed with, other than for emphasis, punctuation became notable by its absence; hashtags were used mostly ...

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 the noun "investigation." The ...

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 learn language in a particular ...