What exactly do linguists do? People have always been fascinated by languages and ever since “linguistics” was established as a science more than 2500 years ago, linguists have been busy with various projects exploring and researching all aspects of language. You can also be a linguist - every day!
1001 ways to communicate
The verb “to communicate” comes from the Latin word communis meaning “common”. When we communicate, we exchange information and make it common. This can happen in many different ways, not only through spoken or written words. There are many other forms of communication, some of which are completely “hidden”. Look at the images on the poster. Can you find any of these “hidden” ways of communicating?
The ‘nature’ of Languages
The ”garden of languages“ is not always in a perfect state, just like a real garden. Not all plants are in optimal conditions and this also holds true for languages. A language can only live and flourish when it is used in many situations by many people, but when it is neglected a language may die just like a plant without water and light. Which plant is in need of special care in this picture?
Our language is also multilingual
Can you imagine how many languages we use every day, without even realising it? We can invent new words or use expressions that originally come from other languages so that our language becomes richer and can develop further. It is true: without these loan words we would often be short of words. Find out more about the history of the loan words that belong here!
Multilingual?! Sure, but how?
Who, how, what, when, why and what for? Many linguists have been researching languages for many years as the question of how to learn a language is an interesting topic with many question marks. What is your opinion and experience relating to these questions and what would you like to find out about languages?
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