Linguistics News

Aug 16, 2015 by Sci-News.com

According to Prof Irving Rothman from the University of Houston, mystery words in Jonathan Swift’s famous novel, Gulliver’s Travels, are, in fact, variations of Hebrew. The King of Brobdingnag and Gulliver by James Gillray, 1803. Image credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art. Gulliver’s Travels, published in 1726, reports the unlucky Gulliver’s various adventures, including his capture on the shores of the island nation of Lilliput by a race of...

Jul 22, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A burned 1,500-year-old scroll found at Ein Gedi, on the western shore of the Dead Sea, has been read using advanced digital imaging. Unwrapped texture...

Feb 19, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A new study led by Dr Andrew Garrett from the University of California, Berkeley, provides evidence that a common ancestor of the Indo-European languages...

Feb 10, 2015 by Sci-News.com

According to a new study carried out by a group of scientists including Dr Peter Dodds from the University of Vermont, all human languages skew toward...

Apr 18, 2014 by Sci-News.com

According to a team of forensic linguists from Aston University in Birmingham, UK, a mysterious creator of the digital currency Bitcoin is most likely...

Apr 3, 2014 by Sci-News.com

A new translation of a 40-line inscription on a 3,500-year-old stone block from Egypt called the Tempest Stela describes rain, darkness and the ‘sky...

Mar 21, 2014 by Sci-News.com

A 1,800-year-old private letter from the Egyptian recruit Aurelius Polion of legio II Adiutrix stationed in Pannonia Inferior (modern day Hungary) has...

Mar 13, 2014 by Sci-News.com

Evolutionary analysis applied to North American and Siberian languages suggests that while most of the Beringia people migrated into North America, some...

Feb 21, 2014 by Jeyakumar Ramasami

Inscriptions on Indus seals give details about animals sacrificed and nature of ceremony. Some ceremonies were performed for obtaining remission of sins...

Sep 11, 2013 by Sci-News.com

A new study published in the journal Language (full paper) provides the first empirical evidence to prove that television viewing does help to accelerate...

Jul 9, 2013 by Sci-News.com

A broad range of evidence from linguistics, genetics, paleontology, and archaeology suggests that Neanderthals and Denisovans shared with us something...

Jul 4, 2013 by Sergio Prostak

Dr Marcelo Montemurro from the University of Manchester and Dr Damian Zanette from the Centro Atómico Bariloche e Instituto Balseiro, Argentina, claim...

Jun 18, 2013 by Enrico de Lazaro

Dr Carmel O’Shannessy, a linguist with the University of Michigan, has reported new information on the structure and origins of Light Warlpiri, a recently...

Jun 13, 2013 by Sci-News.com

According to new research reported in the open-access journal PLoS ONE, the geographic context in which a language is spoken may directly impact its phonological...

May 10, 2013 by Sergio Prostak

Languages spoken across Europe and Asia are descended from a proto-language that was used 15,000 to 10,000 years ago, say researchers led by Dr Andrew...

May 6, 2013 by Sergio Prostak

A new doctoral thesis by Eva-Marie Ström from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden is the first attempt ever to explore Ndengeleko, a language that...

Feb 12, 2013 by Enrico de Lazaro

An international team of scientists has used a new automated tool to reconstruct protolanguages – ancient tongues from which modern languages evolved. This...

Dec 12, 2012 by Sergio Prostak

While most Americans replace the T sound in words like ‘mountain’ through their noses, Utahns replace it through their mouths, say linguists at the...

Oct 29, 2012 by Sergio Prostak

A technology called the Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) System for Ancient Documentary Artifacts has brought scientists closer to cracking the...

Sep 24, 2012 by Sci-News.com

Dutch linguists have developed a new method using Bayesian phylogenetic approaches to analyze the evolution of structural features in more than 50 language...