Linguistics

General category for the study of written and spoken language across various cultures. This category indicates articles related to the science of linguistics, rather than just to a specific language (which would be indicated by the relevant culture or country name).

An Introduction to Old English Language and Writing

Professor Edwin Duncan of Towson University has produced a nine-minute flash presentation on the reading and pronunciation of Old English.

University of Melbourne cancels Viking Studies program

The Medievalist.net blog reports that after more than 60 years, the University of Melbourne has cancelled its Viking Studies program. The program included instruction in Viking history and the Old Norse language.

Medieval Latin tutorial

The English National Archives has created a website to teach medieval Latin through a series of fun activities and lessons. The tutorial is aimed at teaching the Latin used to create documents written between 1086 and 1733.

Vicipaedia Latina

Bored with the usual blog gossip sites? Want something with a little more challenge? Try Vicipaedia Latina, the Latin version of Wikipedia, a "labor of love for a small group of Latin buffs and weekend philologists whose motto might well be 'What would Julius do?'"

Ancient Bulgarian inscription found on tomb

Archaeologist Kazimir Popkonstantikov has discovered an inscription on a tomb from the Middle Ages in high medieval Bulgarian, a rare instance of the language. The inscription chronicled the burial site of a monk in a 10th century monastery.

Latin alive in the modern world

Kevin Fleming, for CNN's column Mental Floss, looks at the use and meaning of common Latin phrases in everyday life.

Take the Librarian's Challenge

"Do you know someone named Cooper, or Fletcher, or Chapman, or Wainwright? Do you know how those surnames originated? Have you, at some point in your Society career, acted as a gonfalonier, a cordwainer, or an arkwright?"

Ancient nautical and maritime terms translator

Julian Dixon has created a website to assist with the understanding of ancient nautical and maritime terms.

Russia's Caucasus "the mountain of tongues"

A 10th-century geographer, traveling in Russia's Caucasus Mountains, referred to them as the "mountain of tongues" due to the diversity of languages preserved in the isolated villages. This diversity continues today in an area which supports 34 ethnic groups.

Microsoft and Google hope to help save Romansch

In response to a push by 35,000 speakers of Romansch in Switzerland, techno-giants Google and Microsoft have announced that they will support the language in their software.

Proper Latin pronunciation

In an article for Great Britain's The Oldie, Peter Jones "gets to the Bottom of How Julius Caesar really spoke", to the ire of some traditionalists.

Study claims "dead languages" detrimental to modern language learning

A recent "secret report" by the Dearing Languages Review in Great Britain warns that the study of ancient languages may be detrimental to the study of modern languages because they "contribute nothing to 'intercultural understanding'."

Cornish language proposal online

UdnFormScrefys, a group of Cornish users, has created a proposal for a written form of the Cornish language. They hope to submit it soon to the Cornish Language Commission.

Scholar believes St. Patrick in Ireland earlier than 5th century

Celtic scholar and linguist Daniel Melia believes that St. patrick may have preached his message to the Irish 50 years earlier than previously believed. The earlier time period would place the saint within provincial Roman society rather than during tribal invasions.

Peculiar aristocratic titles

Anyone who is in the SCA knows that we have our own peculiar sets of titles for nobility, but a short quiz on masquerademaskarts.com might help you choose a new persona.

"Medieval Lands" offers sources for name and persona research

A great online source for documenting medieval genealogy is Charles Cawley's Medieval Lands, "the encyclopædia of territories in the medieval western world and the royal and noble families which ruled them."

Electronic version of the Middle English Dictionary online

An electronic version of the Middle English Dictionary is available online. Hosted by the University of Michigan, the dictionary and quotations are searchable.

You bride of the Svïnafell troll!

Feeling cranky? Perhaps a constructive way to blow off steam is to read through the University of Oregon Medieval Studies Department's Medieval Insult Page.

Latin and Greek are not dead

Cambridge Classics professor Mary Beard discusses the importance of the study of classical languages in an essay for the Guardian.

Cá Bhfuil Na Gaeilg eoirí?

Cá Bhfuil Na Gaeilg eoirí? (English translation: Where are all the Gaelic speakers?) Some are still in Ireland where 25% of the population claims to speak the language. Manchán Magan of the Guardian looks at the history of Gaelic and sets out on a trek to see who speaks it.

Salute, Cheers and Slainte!

Charged with the honor of giving the toast at the next feast? Why not learn to say "Cheers" in a new language? The Alternative Whisky Academy has published a website with toasts in many different languages.

Latin to Become Lingua Europa?

L’Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican, is calling for Latin to become the official language of the European Union. The article comes in the wake of a move by Finland's president to promote the use of the language as "potentially contemporary."

Latin for Beginners

The British Archives has posted a tutorial for those who want to learn Latin. Latin 1086 – 1733: a practical online tutorial for beginners uses early documents to demonstrate how Latin was used and to teach the basics.

New Discoveries Give Insight into Basque Language

The recent discovery of inscriptions in the Basque language dating to the 3rd century has researchers excited. Considered one of the oldest European languages, Basque has been linked to African, Caucasian or Etruscan tongues or thought to have developed on its own.

Boooooooo!

Sonia Smith of Slate magazine looks at the origins of heckling from the ancient Greeks to medieval hooters.

Latin Lives -- in Germany

Latin is growing ever more popular among German secondary students, outstripping both Italian and Spanish.

Medieval Latin Tutorial

The National Archives of the United Kingdom has published Latin 1086 – 1733: a practical online tutorial for beginners, a website devoted to helping beginners handle the medieval Latin used in manuscripts.

Happy 114th Birthday J.R.R. Tolkien!

J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of the Middle-Earth books including the Lord of the Rings epic, was born on January 3, 1892.

Silent Letters "Ghosts of Linguistic History"

Silent letters embedded in English words have long been the hobgoblin of non-native English speakers. In an article for the Hartford Courant, writer Rob Kyff explores the history and meaning of the lurking consonants.

Need practice in Welsh language? Try playing Scrabble™

So, how many points is "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch" worth, anyway? The Welsh language, native tongue of half a million people, now has its own version of the popular Scrabble™ board game.