The Linguistics of Pokémon

News of the release of Pokémon Go has been dominating social media and the mainstream media alike recently. Those born earlier than the 90s likely remember the phenomenon surrounding the Pokémon franchise in the late ’90s with the GameBoy games, TV show, trading card game that got loads of people obsessed with catching them all.…

Part 4 – The birth of Judaism

In 586 BC (not 607 BC as the Jehovah’s Witnesses claim), the forces of the Babylonian Empire conquered Judah, destroying their country and carrying off a proportion of the Judahite population into exile. The captives consisted especially of the educated and upper-class, the nobility, priests and prophets as well as the Judahite royal family. King Tzidkiyahu’s (Zedekiah’s) children were killed in…

Part 2 – Hinduism and Zoroastrianism

The early Indo-European people lived on the Caucasian steppes since about 4500 BC but in the middle of the 3rd millenium,  with the domestication of the horse, some tribes began to move further afield until they reached what is now present-day Greece, the Balkans, Italy, Scandinavia and Germany. These people became the Europeans but the…

Part 1 – The Indo-Europeans

One of the most common linguistic myths circulating around is that the languages of Europe and south Asia come from  Sanskrit or from Latin or some other ancient language. I’ve even heard one stating that all languages from English to Hindi originate fromAlbanian. These wacky claims are often used to justify a nationalist position or simply out of ignorance. There…