Category Archives: Linguistics and History

Two Ways to Say It: Diglossia in Ancient Greek and Latin

In English here in the US we have several regional colloquial dialects of English, but for official matters like school, news reports, non fiction books, magazines etc. there is a standard English being used for official public everyday life. However, … Continue reading

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Lost in Translation: The Importance of Cultural Context

I have made the point before that cultural context matters when trying to ascribe meaning to something someone from a distant time period or foreign culture has to say. Cultural context refers to what something means in the particular culture … Continue reading

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Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient Greek

You may have noticed that some of my more recent posts have to do with Ancient Greece and the classical world. I have become more interested in that time period again, only instead of the Romans like last year, currently … Continue reading

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Latin and Spanish: More Cool Cognates :)

(I want to start this post off with a personal note: This post is specially dedicated to my awesome Spanish teacher I had in High School. Everyone knows an enthusiastic, dedicated teacher makes all the difference and helps inspire one’s … Continue reading

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Old English and German: Almost One and the Same

Old English is not Shakespeare’s English, which is Early modern English! Old English sounds unintelligible for the most part with Modern English and has much more complex grammar that we have cast off. However, for the Germans out there, Old … Continue reading

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English didn’t always sound like English!

English is a Germanic language related to German and the Germanic Language family. Originally, the first roots of English were brought over by Germanic peoples, before that, the people in Britain where English originated probably spoke a Celtic language. Whatever … Continue reading

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