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What is Verbophobia?

“And there is also verbophobia, which is the fear of words. In that case, it is best to keep quiet, said Juan de Dios Martínez. It’s a bit more complicated than that, because words are everywhere, even in silence, which is never complete silence, isn’t that so?” Roberto Bolaño (2666, Barcelona: Anagrama, 2004).   Also […]

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What Are Pidgin Languages?

A pidgin language is a language based on two or more languages and which has a practical and immediate purpose. It usually arises in diverse situations of contact between speakers, such as trade or slavery –where at least two groups must communicate with each other despite not sharing a common language. While there is little […]

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The Creation of the Dothraki Language

Ever wondered what languages the characters of Game of Thrones speak? Following the release of Game of Thrones’ latest season and my fanaticism, I began reading a bit about the featured languages spoken in the series, particularly by the Dothraki people and Daenerys Targaryen. The idea of the Dothraki language dates back to George R.R […]

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Another glance at English UK

A few weeks ago we looked at the southern British Cockney and RP varieties. Throughout the United Kingdom however, many different varieties of the English language can be found. Northern England comprises cities such as Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield. What are some of its speaker’s characteristics?   Unlike accents found in the south, northern intonation […]

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The Chilean Language Academy

This Academy was created on June 5, 1885, in Santiago. In chronological terms, it was the sixth such academy established in Latin America. Its purposes are: 1. to ensure the purity and splendor of the Spanish language; 2. to collaborate with the projects of the Royal Spanish Academy and the Association of Spanish Language Academies, […]

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