Explore the world’s major language families, discovering astounding linguistic diversity alongside traits shared by wholly unrelated languages. How did language families come to be? What can modern reconstructions of protolanguages tell us about the unrecorded origins of languages? We’ll examine linguistic diversity in New Guinea, investigate the largest family by language count in Africa, and ask how far a knowledge of English can take us in understanding other languages. We’ll try to say something, too, about the nature of language in general, and perhaps also about the nature of being human.
A $50 discount will be applied automatically for adults 55+.