How Languages Evolve (And How Hard it is to Represent That)


This excellent summary is a valuable resource in our “mapping diaspora” project this week.

Following the thought process explained in the video, we see how the two-dimensional mapping approach (the visual representation of linguistic evolution as a “linguistic tree”) suggested at the beginning is valuable, and, at the same time, it simply does not work.

Looking at the advantages and the disadvantages of linguistic approaches to the evolution of language is a great way to introduce a discussion of the multi-dimensionality of (Jewish) culture!


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