All life-forms communicate it’s, just kind of part of being a life-form, even single-celled. Bacteria communicate with other bacteria through chemical signals. Same holds true for the cells in our bodies.
Trees communicate through the color, their flowers to bees, who pollinate the trees and then fly off to their nest and communicate to the other bees where the trees are and dogs communicate by whining at the back door for hours.
One of the coolest forms of communication. I’ve ever heard of is with dolphins, because dolphins have the ability to echolocate using clicks in the water which allows them to see through the sound much further than their eyes can see.
Sound waves travel through water five times faster than in the air, and they bounce off of objects. They get picked back up by the dolphin and they’re, able to sort of visually interpret them and actually see through these sound waves.
Now that’s, pretty cool, but it gets like a thousand times cooler. When you realize that dolphins, don’t just have the ability to receive these kinds of signals. They have the ability to send them as well.
So if a dolphin sees say a world war, two plane on the ocean floor, and they want to show that to somebody else, they can just go to another dolphin. Recreate that echo pattern through their clicks to the other dolphin and the other dolphin will see literally see the plane it’s like if he asked me what somebody look like and I was able to just sort of like transmit a photo into your Head I mean that’s like some kind of superpower or something, but dolphins can actually do that.
It’s. Insanely cool yeah, this isn’t a article about dolphins. Humans may not have the communication superpowers that dolphins have. We have come up with a lot of really creative and clever ways to combine these flaps in our throat, our tongue, our lips and our teeth to communicate information to each other.
That’s, a fancy-pants way of saying we do language good, let’s, be honest. All languages are weird in different ways. I mean I speak English, but English is one of the weirdest languages out there, but it can be understood through tough, thorough thought, though, just like tear and tear pronounced the same way but tear and tear are pronounced differently, and I always like to point out that If Will Smith ever started, doing metal work, creating celebrity likenesses of people in metal, you might have to ask yourself, will Will Smith Smith Wilson in really every language has weird things like that in it they all have weird rules and even weirder exceptions to every rule And that’s, because the language is a living thing.
It evolves over time. There’s, a great article. I’ll share here that actually talks about how far back you would have to go in time before you, couldn’t recognize English anymore, because middle English is, you know, kind of like a very strong dialect.
That might be a challenge to interpret but Old English. It’s, just a completely different language. The point is, all languages are weird, but there are some superlatives that standout languages that break the rules at all the other languages seem to follow and have little just quirks that nobody else seems to have so here’s, a list of some of The weirdest number five, the P dot had language yeah, just a heads up there’s, gon na be a lot of like isolated tribes in this, so the P dot language is spoken by the P.
Now have people in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil and it’s, actually really controversial because wait for it. It doesn’t use recursion, no recursion. I mean come on that’s explained if that indirect recursion is a linguistic property of language that allows you to sort of input phrases into other phrases.
It’s, also called nesting, sometimes like you can go from the cat, is running to the cat that got out of the house is running, see it & # 39. S are like the phrase within a phrase and yeah. This ability to add information to information in a sentence is something that’s: kind of universal amongst most languages.
In fact, Noam Chomsky popularized this idea back in the 50s and he was studying languages trying to look for what he called universal grammar sort of the primordial ways of speaking that every language kind of falls into that just kind of Springs out of our brain patterns And the way we process, language and recursion was one of the things that he put on that list and it’s been sort of linguistic Dogma.
Ever since and then dr. Dan Evert studied the pitaka people back in the 1970s versus a missionary and then later coming back as searcher the paper in 2005, he claimed that the piraha language actually does not have recursion which flew in the face of all linguistic dogma.
It just burned the foundations of linguistics to the ground. It made international news, so it caused quite a stir and it has its critics. Some people question his methodology, but if true, this will be the only language in the world that does not allow new information to come into sentences.
Every single sentence would be a small, simple statement that stands on its own, but Danny Averett also said that this language, doesn’t, have any words for numbers or colors, so they just describe things as light or dark and they describe numbers there’s just many or few, and it’s, going to point out that this isn’t because they’re simple-minded in any way it’s.
Just that this particular culture emphasizes the importance of the here and the now and concrete matters, so it just doesn’t really need it, and even people who are skeptical of his recursion claims agree that they don’t use, color names And numbers so that’s, a real thing.
Moving on the Amara language, why liquids eat away katate, kumite ha hey, madam arrow ha Honua made a patch anakin & # 39, has candy, so the mother language, isn’t, some small tucked away isolated language, and only a few people speak there’s actually, like 3.
5 million people that speak this language, it’s. Actually one of the official languages of the nation of Bolivia, but the reason it’s on this list is because of a little quirk. That seems to be unique to the amount, which is they have an interesting way of describing the past in the future.
So English speakers in most languages around the world refer to the future, is something that’s ahead of them in the past of something that’s behind them, the idea being, of course, if you’re walking somewhere, then What’s ahead of you is something that you have not gotten to yet it’s, something that’s in your future and things that are behind.
You are things that you have passed in your past, but the amount of flip that they talk about things from their past as being in front of them and things in their future being behind them. Why would they do that? And the answer is actually just a simple flip of perception.
They consider so they consider the future being something that is not known, something that can’t be seen, so they describe it as being behind them, whereas the past, which is known which has been seen, is in front of them because you can see It you know, so they might say that they’re gon na look ahead into their memories or if they & # 39.
Ve got some big plans behind them and one might possibly assume that this says something about their culture about the way they value known versus unknown things. But I don’t know anybody’s in that culture, so I would be speculating, but still interesting, the language there’s no way.
I got that right, ah motor power and, oh sorry, man. He said I do not know him, I think it out there’s, no secret, that there are several languages in sub-saharan Africa. That use click sounds as continents, along with other regular vowel sounds, but the language is considered one of the most complex.
Just like there are many different types of percussive sounds in English. Speaking, like your your B’s, your P’s and your sounds. This has five different types of click sounds in their language. With 17 accompanying click sounds, and it also features four vowel sounds with four varying tones.
So this language, isn & # 39, t just difficult to learn. It’s, actually kind of impossible for a non-native speaker to make some of these tones because it takes years of training your voice to be able to do this.
In fact, Tony Trail, who was considered one of the largest Western experts on this language, developed a lump on his larynx, and what he found out later was that all native speakers have developed this lump on their larynx from speaking this language, a language that actually changes.
Your physiology, you’re gon na need more than rosetta stone, to learn this one. The Google human third language well had something weird in Australia. Come on in a muppet, I know MA Nina Moffat. I know ma mère.
My Nana man might Olga Kay know MA kappa r, kappa react and i’m. Jerry anger mo Colma go ya. Master is an ancient language that’s, been spoken by Aboriginal people in Australia for thousands of years, specifically the GU GU giveth their people in the Far North Queensland.
In fact, it was actually the first Aboriginal language that had ever been written down when James Cook visited Australia and 1770 and it’s where the word Kangaroo comes from and in practice it’s, not that much weirder than any other Language, except for one exception, which is the way that they describe directions, and that thing is that the way they describe directions they always use cardinal directions, meaning directions on the map: north, south, west and east.
They don’t, have words for left and right or front, and back so. If you want to tell somebody to hold something in their left hand, you would tell them to hold it in their west hand or north east south.
Whichever direction their hand is facing, you know you, wouldn’t just say put that over there you would say, move it south five steps. Every other language in the world has egocentric directions which are directions that are relative to where the speaker is.
But this one doesn’t. It’s different. So what this means is that the speaker has to be aware of what direction they are facing at all times. It’s like they’ve woven a layer of geographic directions into their language and into their culture.
Like you, literally can’t, convey information without knowing that and not unrelated Aboriginal. People are famously incredible, trackers and hunters and navigators, and I mean almost to the point that many people think it’s like supernatural or something, but many people who study this say that it might just be because this language sort of embeds all that Into their culture, so did they develop this as a way of sort of surviving the harsh Australian landscape, or is this just like a funny little quirk that kind of worked out in their favor? No really tell me I don’t, know and last, but so not least, Silvo Camero, Michael Merritt is an island specifically one of the Spanish Canary Islands, on the northwest coast of Africa and on this tiny island they speak a language called silbo Camero, Which is not spoken anywhere else in the world and it’s famous and interesting and unique for one specific reason, and that reason is its spoken with whistles whistles’.
It’s literally like a whistle form of Spanish using to whistled vowels and for whistled consonants, and I know you’re, probably thinking WTF man. Why did these people like turn themselves into birds, and my answer is okay, like you, don’t want to be a bird, but the better answer is that la gomera is a very rocky and craggy Island with tall peaks and deep ravines separating people And whistles just travel further as a sound, then voices do so.
This became a way of conveying information across those distances. Parently the earliest north african native speakers used this to communicate with each other and then, when the Spanish took it over, they just kind of adopted.
It themselves and based it off a Spanish of course today with our fancy cell phones. This kind of language is not as important as it used to be, but it & # 39. S still demonstrated for tourists, it’s, a fun tourist draw and they’re, doing their best to kind of save the language in schools and whatnot.
So, as I said at the beginning, there are countless weird languages out there and even though the major languages have really weird things as a part of them, but I like that, I like languages, I, like dialects and regional.
You know idioms and stuff. I like how culture and forms the language, and vice versa. You know it’s. It’s, kind of like evolution. You might find some animal that has some really weird feature to it, but then, when you kind of break it down and you look at their environment, you realize that it actually serves a very useful purpose and language is kind of the same way.
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