These films explore Yiddish, sign language, and Noam Chomsky’s linguistic theories.
Geoffrey O’Brien explores language’s magic — part sound, part sense, part bodily sensation.
Aravrit, made by Liron Lavi Turkenich, is meant to be readable for both Arabic and Hebrew speakers.
Only three fluent speakers of Marra remain. ‘My Grandmother’s Lingo’ is an interactive animation that asks users to speak words from this endangered Aboriginal language.
The few examples of Etruscan language that survive tell more about the dead than the everyday lives of the living, being mostly eulogies in tombs of the elite.
A three-year project from the University of Glasgow’s School of Critical Studies mapped 13 centuries of metaphors in the English language.
Despite their important role in strengthening cultures and communities, languages are fragile things.
As old texts are gradually digitized, the number of words whose lineage was previously traceable only to Shakespeare’s pen has sharply decreased.