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Some articles on languages, language:

Visayas - Language
... Languages spoken at home primary are of the Visayan languages continuum which contains several different languages sometimes identified as dialects of the same language ... Major languages include Hiligaynon or Ilonggo in much of Western Visayas, Cebuano in Central Visayas, and Waray in Eastern Visayas ... Other dominant languages are Aklanon, Kinaray-a and Capiznon ...
Grammatical Aspect - Aspect By Language - Philippine Languages
... Like many Austronesian languages, the verbs of the Philippine languages follow a complex system of affixes in order to express subtle changes in meaning ... However, the verbs in this family of languages are conjugated to express the aspects and not the tenses ... Though many of the Philippine languages do not have a fully codified grammar, most of them follow the verb aspects that are demonstrated by Filipino or Tagalog ...
Glyph
... For example, in most languages written in any variety of the Latin alphabet the dot on a lower-case "i" is not a glyph because it does not convey any distinction, and an i in which the dot has been accidentally ... In Turkish however, it is a glyph, because that language has two distinct versions of the letter "i", with and without a dot ... glyph, even if (like a cedilla in French, the ogonek in several languages or the stroke on a Polish L) it is "joined up" with the rest of the character ...
Grammatical Aspect - Indicating Aspect
... In some languages, aspect and time are very clearly separated, making them much more distinct to their speakers ... There are a number of languages that mark aspect much more saliently than time ... category are Chinese and American Sign Language, which both differentiate many aspects but rely exclusively on optional time-indicating terms to pinpoint an action with respect ...
Demographics Of The United Arab Emirates - Languages
... Arabic is the official and national language of the UAE ... Apart from Arabic, English is widely used as a second language ... Other languages spoken in the UAE, due to immigration, include Persian, Urdu, Hindi, Malayalam, Punjabi, Pashto, Tamil, Bengali and Balochi ...

Famous quotes containing the word languages:

    Science and technology multiply around us. To an increasing extent they dictate the languages in which we speak and think. Either we use those languages, or we remain mute.
    —J.G. (James Graham)

    The trouble with foreign languages is, you have to think before your speak.
    Swedish proverb, trans. by Verne Moberg.

    The less sophisticated of my forbears avoided foreigners at all costs, for the very good reason that, in their circles, speaking in tongues was commonly a prelude to snake handling. The more tolerant among us regarded foreign languages as a kind of speech impediment that could be overcome by willpower.
    Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941)