Monday, June 27, 2011

How did ancient languages get complicated in the first place

I've heard from my German teacher that Latin and other languages of that time were more "complicated". One can argue that linguists don't operate with such categories as "simple" and "complicated" but you know what I mean. If not - read this post Why is the grammar of old languages so complicated?
Linguists rather speak in terms of "inflectional morphology", "morphological variation", "variation in phonemes"... They even counted these and other language features in each of the languages (2,236 to be precise and 504 in another study) and found out that the older the language - the more "complicated" it is: Babelicious! Bigger languages are also simpler ones and Where on Earth did language begin? And the most complicated language in terms of phonemes variation is !Xu - a language spoken in southern Africa which has 141 phonemes opposed to 44 in English. That correlates with the idea that Homo Sapiens evolved from Africa and confirms what my German teacher said. But
How did ancient languages get complicated in the first place?

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

I’m looking for someone...

Update: TagMap is that app I was thinking of.
Apparently, any idea you have will be turned into business by somebody else.
Check the Bump.

  • Android app
  • Location aware
  • Social communication
  • Online, Web 2.0


Imagine you’re on the business trip (or vacation) in some other city (like Berlin). You’ve done your business (or sightseeing) and have some time until you go to bed. You might feel very lonely in a large (or small) town. There might be people all around you, locals, foreigners and even from the your country (or even city). Imagine an app which would allow you to get connected to some other lonely people out there (some maybe just around the corner).
So if such an application would exist, you would put your mobile device on the key-chain and let it hang on your breast (or belly) showing (or blinking) a message saying: