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After a doctorate in linguistics at the University of Southern California in 1981, Paul Frommer worked for the industry before going back to teaching and directing at the Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles. He has also created two constructed languages for the movie industry: Na’vi for the movie Avatar, and Barsoomian for Walt Disney’s John Carter.
Born around 1776 in Tuskeegee, in what is now Monroe County, Tennessee, Sequoyah designed the Cherokee syllabary to represent the sounds of the Cherokee language. It did not prevent it to be widely accepted and used by most Cherokees one year after its official adoption in 1825. Nowadays, his creation is still in use to write the language across new medias to embrace the evolution of society.
What’s behind a name? A projection of wishes and personality traits, which sometimes comes from modern mythology nourished by novels and movies. Let’s see in this article the influence of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings on names given to babies from the seventies to 2014 in the United States of America.
Etymologist for the Oxford English Dictionary, philologist, professor in English Language at the University of Leeds and of Old English in Oxford, J. R. R. Tolkien developed his fiction world in parallel of his career, writing The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings he will need over ten years to complete, bringing a legendary (and philologic) depth to the world he depicted.
After studying Native American languages, Marc Okrand taught linguistics courses at the University of California, then spent his career at the National Captioning Institute. In parallel, he has created the Klingon language for the Star Trek franchise, as well as the Atlantean language for Walt Disney Pictures.
After his linguistics studies at University of California, David J. Peterson has been chosen by HBO to create the Dothraki language for its series Game of Thrones. He then invented many other languages for television, the movie industry, and literature.
This article is about the Canticles of Holy Mary (Cantigas de Santa Maria), which are religious songs from the 13th century written in Galician-Portuguese, and the evolution of languages between Galicia and Portugal.
A brief history of the colonization of Brazil and its impact on indigenous cultures, with the example of the Pataxó people and their struggle to preserve their culture and recreate the Patxohã language.
Depending on the countries, different ways are used to create the names of big numbers. Between them, there are two most used: the short numeric scale and the long numeric scale. But what is the difference between them?