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I'm animated about language! The history of written and spoken languages amazes me. I use stories and cartoons to bring linguistics to life. Think about it... Where do the world's writing systems come from? Does your language shape the way you think? What will Future English be like? How do you crack undeciphered scripts? What's the Latin word for jumbo jet? Subscribe for language! Playlists: 2016 ~ My favorite tales from the history of languages and writing systems. 2015 ~ Thoth's Pill highlights my Year of Writing! 2014 ~ I explain linguistic oddities in "Figuring Language Out" 2014 ~ I traveled through the eyes of local languages in "Eavesdropping Traveler" 2013 ~ I asked big questions in "What is human language?" 2012 ~ I started with linguistics & logic lessons. Pretty technical

The Ainu language - short history, plus a note about last speakers and pandemics

The Ainu language - short history, plus a note about last speakers and pandemics

 
Mongolic: meet a language family, including Para-Mongolic

Mongolic: meet a language family, including Para-Mongolic

 
Khitan: deciphering China's forgotten Para-Mongolic language

Khitan: deciphering China's forgotten Para-Mongolic language

 
Language nods - meaningful messages from native speakers

Language nods - meaningful messages from native speakers

 
African Romance: searching for traces of a lost Latin language

African Romance: searching for traces of a lost Latin language

 
What English does - but most languages can't

What English does - but most languages can't

 
Features English is missing - but most other languages have

Features English is missing - but most other languages have

 
Altaic: Rise and Fall of a Linguistic Hypothesis

Altaic: Rise and Fall of a Linguistic Hypothesis

 
Gvprtskvni - how is this even a word, Georgian!?

Gvprtskvni - how is this even a word, Georgian!?

 
The complicated linguistics behind how the Maya talk about the past

The complicated linguistics behind how the Maya talk about the past

 
Maya Before, Maya After: How a Tenseless Language Talks Past and Future

Maya Before, Maya After: How a Tenseless Language Talks Past and Future

 
Aizuchi: Why it's impolite not to "chime in" in Japanese

Aizuchi: Why it's impolite not to "chime in" in Japanese

 
My Stepaway - update about whereabouts and plans

My Stepaway - update about whereabouts and plans

 
What Genghis Khan's Mongolian Sounded Like - and how we know

What Genghis Khan's Mongolian Sounded Like - and how we know

 
Why Danish sounds funny to Scandinavians

Why Danish sounds funny to Scandinavians

 
My Scars: a personal story about what language meant to me

My Scars: a personal story about what language meant to me

 
Why some speakers can't understand speakers who understand them - Asymmetric Intelligibility

Why some speakers can't understand speakers who understand them - Asymmetric Intelligibility

 
Family Trees in Other Languages: our world's 7 kinship systems

Family Trees in Other Languages: our world's 7 kinship systems

 
What "Ancient" Chinese Sounded Like - and how we know

What "Ancient" Chinese Sounded Like - and how we know

 
What Etruscan Sounded Like - and how we know

What Etruscan Sounded Like - and how we know

 
How long can a language last before it's unrecognizable? - Dyirbal Glottochronology 2 of 2

How long can a language last before it's unrecognizable? - Dyirbal Glottochronology 2 of 2

 
How Fast Do Languages Evolve? - Dyirbal glottochronology 1 of 2

How Fast Do Languages Evolve? - Dyirbal glottochronology 1 of 2

 
Does time work differently in different languages? - Hopi Time

Does time work differently in different languages? - Hopi Time

 
Euroversals - Are all European languages alike?

Euroversals - Are all European languages alike?

 
The Caucasus: Mountains Full of Languages

The Caucasus: Mountains Full of Languages

 
Irish Words Can Mutate!

Irish Words Can Mutate!

 
The Other Z - why you mispronounce this Scottish letter

The Other Z - why you mispronounce this Scottish letter

 
What Shakespeare's English Sounded Like - and how we know

What Shakespeare's English Sounded Like - and how we know

 
Last Spartans: the survival of Laconic Greek

Last Spartans: the survival of Laconic Greek

 
What Montezuma's Aztec Sounded Like - and how we know

What Montezuma's Aztec Sounded Like - and how we know

 
Weird Phonemes - pronouncing the world's rarest sounds

Weird Phonemes - pronouncing the world's rarest sounds

 
Hungarian explained - such long words, such an isolated language

Hungarian explained - such long words, such an isolated language

 
Tower of Babel vs Linguistics - the quest for the first language

Tower of Babel vs Linguistics - the quest for the first language

 
Aztec and Mayan are totally different languages. Sort of.

Aztec and Mayan are totally different languages. Sort of.

 
How Interpreters Helped Topple the Aztec Empire

How Interpreters Helped Topple the Aztec Empire

 
How Spanish got its ñ - the story behind that "n with a tilde"

How Spanish got its ñ - the story behind that "n with a tilde"

 
The Longest Word in Any Language

The Longest Word in Any Language

 
What Latin Sounded Like - and how we know

What Latin Sounded Like - and how we know

 
Stroke Order - there's a wrong way to write Chinese characters

Stroke Order - there's a wrong way to write Chinese characters

 
Kanji Story - How Japan Overloaded Chinese Characters

Kanji Story - How Japan Overloaded Chinese Characters

 
The Hardest Writing System! - an animated rant about learning Japanese

The Hardest Writing System! - an animated rant about learning Japanese

 
The Hardest Language To Spell

The Hardest Language To Spell

 
Muslim Vikings and Magic Letters: the odd history of Runes pt 1

Muslim Vikings and Magic Letters: the odd history of Runes pt 1

 
The Tribe That Cursed Too Much - the linguistics behind Oceanic taboos

The Tribe That Cursed Too Much - the linguistics behind Oceanic taboos

 
The Lost Language Recovery Trick - counting an undeciphered script

The Lost Language Recovery Trick - counting an undeciphered script

 
How Cold War Computers Failed At Russian - MT #2 - with CompChomp

How Cold War Computers Failed At Russian - MT #2 - with CompChomp

 
How Cold War Computers Translated Russian - MT #1 - with CompChomp

How Cold War Computers Translated Russian - MT #1 - with CompChomp

 
Why PassWORDS Aren't Words Anymore - with CompChomp

Why PassWORDS Aren't Words Anymore - with CompChomp

 
Are Programming Languages Really Languages? - with CompChomp

Are Programming Languages Really Languages? - with CompChomp

 
Code Meets Language - a short series with CompChomp

Code Meets Language - a short series with CompChomp

 
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