The Romani language, much like its speakers, is one of the most elusive languages in modern history. It is spoken by modern nomads called the Roma people, and while the Roma people are fairly widespread in modern Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa, their history and language is the subject of much speculation, and their... Continue Reading →
One of the most requested video topics that I have received on The Polyglot Files YouTube channel has to do with one language in particular: Tamil. According to some, it is the oldest language in the world. To be clear, the theory is that Tamil is not only the oldest surviving language that is still spoken... Continue Reading →
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Languages are like humans: they undergo and, in the past, have undergone evolution to evolve into the languages we know today. All languages--English, French, Arabic, Japanese--have undergone language evolution. Conversely, that means that modern languages have ancestors that existed many years ago. In most cases, multiple languages have the same common ancestor. One such common... Continue Reading →
For this installment of the "Languages of the World" series, we're doing something a little bit different. Normally, I focus on one single country and explore all the languages spoken there, but today, we're building a time machine and heading to a time period to explore all the languages spoken then. Welcome to ancient times!... Continue Reading →