bluerhearts

theanimejunkie:

bossubossupromode:

Two students, James and John were given a grammar test by their teacher. The question was, “is it better to use “had” or “had had” in this example sentence?”

The teacher collected the tests, and looked over their answers.

James, while John had had “had”, had had “had had.” “Had had” had had a better effect on the teacher.

welcome to the english language

glottalplosive
fuckyourracism:

whoobin:

madblackgirl:

so when we gonna talk about how western imperialism and colonialism plays an extremely large role in this

Hawaiian language was almost extinct because America made it a law to cut all Hawaiian language from public school when they illegally annexed Hawaii and thus making Hawaiian parents feel their children won’t make it in the world so they stopped speaking Hawaiian to their kids and forbid them to learn it (giving spankings if heard at home etc) and making English the default language. 

In Australia, before colonization by the British, the continent was home to around 250 indigenous languages.

As of 1998, fewer than 150 Indigenous languages remain in daily use, and all except roughly 20 are highly endangered. Of those that survive, only 10% are being learned by children and those languages are usually located in the most isolated areas.

Here’s a picture of North American languages before colonization. 

Here’s after. 

"On language maps of North America depicting Native American languages, part of the southeast has a giant blank spot, where languages disappeared so quickly and completely that nothing at all is known about them. The loss of these languages before linguists could document them is lamentable.  However, it is to an even greater extent, incomparably horrifying what this giant blank spot represents in terms of lives lost and cultures destroyed."  - Language and Authority: Why languages disappear
Add to this with more examples if you can. 
- J

fuckyourracism:

whoobin:

madblackgirl:

so when we gonna talk about how western imperialism and colonialism plays an extremely large role in this

Hawaiian language was almost extinct because America made it a law to cut all Hawaiian language from public school when they illegally annexed Hawaii and thus making Hawaiian parents feel their children won’t make it in the world so they stopped speaking Hawaiian to their kids and forbid them to learn it (giving spankings if heard at home etc) and making English the default language. 

In Australia, before colonization by the British, the continent was home to around 250 indigenous languages.

As of 1998, fewer than 150 Indigenous languages remain in daily use, and all except roughly 20 are highly endangered. Of those that survive, only 10% are being learned by children and those languages are usually located in the most isolated areas.

Here’s a picture of North American languages before colonization. 

Here’s after. 

"On language maps of North America depicting Native American languages, part of the southeast has a giant blank spot, where languages disappeared so quickly and completely that nothing at all is known about them. The loss of these languages before linguists could document them is lamentable.  However, it is to an even greater extent, incomparably horrifying what this giant blank spot represents in terms of lives lost and cultures destroyed."  - Language and Authority: Why languages disappear

Add to this with more examples if you can. 

- J

languagevillage

thewritersramblings asked:

CAN WE TALK ABOUT MIDDLE EASTERN WITCHES AND WIZARDS THOUGH. AND HOW THEY'RE SPELLS WOULD OBVIOUSLY NOT BE LATIN, GREEK OR ANGLO SAXON, BUT INSTEAD LIKE ANCIENT PHOENICIAN, OR SOMETHING. AND THAT THEIR TIES BETWEEN SPELLS AND MAGIC WOULD BE STRONGER SINCE THEIR WORDS ARE MORE ANCIENT AND FAR OLDER SO THEY'D BE WAY MORE POWERFUL???? SORRY FOR THE CAPS?????

petrichorlore answered:

NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR CAPS. PHOENICIAN SPELLS. ARAMAIC SPELLS. LANGUAGES MUGGLES DON’T KNOW ANYMORE THAT HAVE BEEN PRESERVED THROUGH WIZARDING SPELLS IN LITTLE POCKETS OF THE WORLD. SOURCE LANGUAGES NO ONE KNOWS HOW TO ADAPT OR CHANGE ANYMORE BECAUSE THE LANGUAGES HAVE DIED AND PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO CAUSE LIKE, A NUCLEAR FALLOUT. IM SO EXCITED THANKS FOR THIS.

strawberrypatty:

avatar-trisana:

amarielah:

bramblepatch:

shiraglassman:

avatar-trisana:

thejewsareinspace:

thecompleteillustrated:

petrichorlore:

 (the-writers-ramblings

Witches in secret pockets of Morocco who’ve been casting spells with ancient spices long before wands came about. Warlocks in Egypt who knew the double, magical, meaning behind hieroglyphics. A dead language? Latin and Ancient Greek have NOTHING on hieroglyphs. The veritable cacophany of ideas and spells and magic that the trading routes brought in. The Phoenecians with their many-striped sailboats proudly displayed Persian potion ingredients alongside spelled fishing nets woven by Palestinian wizards. Syrian magical folk meet Greek ones, and realize they can best communicate in the Ancient Greek all serious magical students learn. Curly heads bent over ancient spellbooks, and people stare as they converse in a language not spoken for hundreds of years.

Excuse you but can we not forget the jewish lore masters, poring over their tomes in hebrew and aramaic, preserved from their exiled homeland into the diaspora.

And the development of a syncretic magic in yiddish that mixes the subtle lore and subtle word power of the exiled levantines with the raw brute force of germanic magics. — how else did the golem?

DIASPORA SYNCRETIC MAGICS

jewish wizards offering house elves clothes in accordance with the slave laws

jewish wizards using golems as grunt labor

JEWISH WIZARDS

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Yes to the Yiddish spells, too ;-)

Jewish wizards offering clothing to house elves and then constantly debating among themselves whether using a golem or other magically-created entity with some semblance of sentience for manual labor for years or decades is essentially the same thing as keeping a magical being for the same purpose.

See also: endless debates about whether one can use magic on Shabbat, and what sorts of magic qualify as “work”. Like, does it count if you enchant an object ahead of time?

Also debates over the extent to which Divination counts as the “witchcraft” detailed in the Tanach. Actually, I bet there’d be scholars compiling detailed tractates about which spells are kosher, using extensive biblical commentary.

JEWISH WIZARDS HAVING THEIR OWN EXTENDED TALMUD. HOW HAS THIS NEVER OCCURRED TO ME BEFORE??

Magic is a natural extension of the self; Therefore, one should be allowed to use magic on Shabbos. You might put restrictions on what kind of magic, and brewing potions (even ones that don’t require heat) and using wands…

I wrote a paper for a Harry Potter conference on foreign wizardry and how the systems of magic must have evolved to be completely separate entities that have very little in common. We’re only seen a TINY portion of the wizarding world and for the most part it’s Western European. I like to imagine Bill Weasley had to extensively train for cursebreaking in Egypt, because you can’t just waltz into a tomb, wave your wand, shout Latin and expect it to work.

I also love the idea of foreign magics being a bit wonky in a duel against each other because they’re not quite compatible. Like, it’s really hard to block a spell from a foreign wizard because you don’t understand exactly what you’re blocking against.

God, so many foreign wizard feels.

thewindcrieskari

this urn will turn you into a tree after you die

piddlefiggy:

rachelkiley:

spookypvssy:

wethinkwedream:

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and you can choose what kind of tree you want to become

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just imagine cemeteries looking like this

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life after death

THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I WANT

this is how all cemeteries should look. its awkward to hug a gravestone. imagine hugging your grandma/tree. ugh rebuild all cemeteries

And then the trees get chopped down to make paper. And that paper gets made into books. Because we’re all just stories in the end.

Woah

I need to speak to an attorney and get my affairs in order.

icelandiclanguage
icelandiclanguage:

lollajames:

ÁST - LOVEFANGI - PRISONER
LITERALLY THEY ARE PRISONERS OF LOVE.

This is a really common mistake by 2nd language learners of Icelandic, but nope, that’s not the etymology of that word. Ástfanginn is an adjective, but the noun ‘prisoner of love’ would be ástfangi, which is a word that’s probably been coined a million times with wordplay in song lyrics, etc. 
The adjective -fanginn in ástfanginn means more along the lines of ‘captured’, and so the word means something like ‘captured by love’. 

icelandiclanguage:

lollajames:

ÁST - LOVE
FANGI - PRISONER

LITERALLY THEY ARE PRISONERS OF LOVE.

This is a really common mistake by 2nd language learners of Icelandic, but nope, that’s not the etymology of that word. Ástfanginn is an adjective, but the noun ‘prisoner of love’ would be ástfangi, which is a word that’s probably been coined a million times with wordplay in song lyrics, etc. 

The adjective -fanginn in ástfanginn means more along the lines of ‘captured’, and so the word means something like ‘captured by love’. 

fuckyeahmylanguage

fuckyeahmylanguage:

prototumblinguist:

thewoesofnapping:

languagevillage:

I got phonologist, of course.

Phonetician. Yes that’s not a surprise.

I got syntactician

no

I literally don’t even know what diagrams are

(i am beginning to figure out a way for me to learn though)

I got syntactician too. I’m not entirely sure what to think…………

I really like socioling, but apparently I’d be good at being a syntactician???

Sociolinging over here.