Linguists recently found an Indo-European language hiding in rural Pakistan. Learn its story here.
At some point you’ve heard about the concept of language “families.” Generally, common sense defines how language relationships work: geographic neighbors often share a common ancestor. If this story were consistent, however, there wouldn’t be anything interesting for us to talk about. Take for example, this amazing discovery stemming from 20 years of research. Linguist Ilija Casule tied a language spoken in Pakistan called Burushaski …
Around the Web: Norwegian Books, Axes, and ALL CAPS
In case you missed it because of Thanksgiving, the first book published in America sold (pictured) for $14 million. Is the period pissed? Computational analysis supports this hypothesis. Also, ALL CAPS aren’t as angry as they used to be. Newsweek is coming back into print. Meanwhile Norway is digitizing all Norwegian books. Related: the hilarious accidents of Google Books digitization. An obituary for the letter e. …
The hypothesis is named after the father-and-son team of scientists Luis and Walter Alvarez, who first suggested it.
Evidence indicates that the asteroid fell in the Yucatan peninsula.
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