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Historical linguistics

Linguistics from 18th Century to World War One (2/7)

The interest in past helped the development of comparative research and new ideas. Thus Rasmus Rask (1787-1832) wrote about phonological relationships between Greek and Old Norse words, for example pate : father (ibid). Hock explained (37-38) that although Rask discovered  that the most fascinating feature of PIE aspirates bh, dh, gh is “their aspiration, rather […]

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Historical linguistics

Early Development (1/7)

Change is the only inevitable thing in universe, and languages are not excluded from change. But why do languages change, and why do we have so many of them? The Bible has an answer, given in the story of the Tower of Babel and its annihilation. However, allegories are not acceptable in terms of scientific […]

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Language software Phonetics Reviews

WordWeb – English dictionary application worth using

Dictionaries of English language are easy to find, but not all are easy to use. Most require working connection and they show ads. WordWeb does not! We will focus on this nifty dictionary, especially on “pro” version of the software, although free version is also available. Stand-alone app WordWeb is stand-alone application. You can download […]