Language Complexity, the Meaning of Sounds, and Why Polyglots Matter - Juliana Barembuem | PGO 2021

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Language Complexity, the Meaning of Sounds, and Why Polyglots Matter - Juliana Barembuem | PGO 2021
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The Elephant in the Room: Language Complexity, the Meaning of Sounds, and Why Polyglots Matter

Have you ever noticed similarities between languages that are said to belong to different “families”? Why do the pairs “wick-wicked” (English) and “mèche – méchant” (French) have four different historical roots, yet they all share an underlying meaning, “twisted”? Why does the word “night” sound a bit like “n+8” in many different languages? (noche, notte, nuit, nacht….)? Why do “mère” (French) and “mare” (English) sound similarly, and “ma” (Chinese) can mean both “mother” and “horse”? Is it all just pure coincidence? There may be an explanation for these and many other oddities!
Perhaps language resembles more a complex living organism than what science has discovered to date, and our capacity for language did not evolve in the ways we have been told. In this talk, I invite you to embark with me on an adventure to discover the complex nature behind each word, that elephant in the room that connects all languages, each being an essential part of reality. Being a polyglot can give you an incredible advantage in discovering the essence of language! Little did we know that the tiny sounds commonly thought to be arbitrary may hold the key to understanding ourselves and how all languages are interconnected.

Born in Argentina in 1980, of Italian descent, Juliana Barembuem is a Linguist by training, and works as a translator, conference interpreter and language tutor. Her mother tongue is Spanish, but she lives and works in English and French, and is also able to converse in Russian, Mandarin and Danish. Languages being her passion, she dedicates part of her time to researching the connection between languages and the mind, psycholinguistics and the complexity of language. Residing in France, he shares part of her research on her company’s website, lingmost.com, and on her Youtube Channel.

Websites: https://www.lingmost.com, https://www.youtube.com/user/chuailen

This video was recorded at the Polyglot Gathering Online 2021 (https://www.polyglotgathering.com).

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