The Changing Landscape of Languages

The reason that languages change due to generational differences is called language learning. There are also a number of other reasons that languages change such as language contact, social differentiation and natural processes in usage.

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Uncommon Customs: Pennsylvania Dutch

The Pennsylvania Dutch, also known as Amish or Old Order Mennonites are one of these groups. They have chosen to avoid the use of modern technology. This is done because the use of such equipment would go against their ideals and philosophy of life known as Ordnung and Gelassenheit.

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Uncommon Customs: The Haka

It is led off by loud chanting and followed by menacing facial expressions, grunting, guttural howling, stomping, clapping, chest-thumping, and tongue-wagging. The sole intention of the war dance is to strike awe and fear into the team’s opponents.

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World Languages: Lachixío Zapotec

A low hanging mist pushes its way through forests and mountains. The aftermath of a seasonal rainstorm can still be felt in the damp of the air and in the sound of water dripping from leaves. Although many trees still stand strong and true there are scars of land that have been emptied.

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World Languages: Paku Karen

Amongst all of the natural landscape and life residing in the Kayin State of Myanmar lives the speakers of Paku Karen.

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