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Language

A Proportional Visualization of the World’s Most Popular Languages

06/17/2015

When you view the original graphic, you’ll note that Chinese speakers outnumber English speakers by a factor of four. And yet English is spoken in 110 countries, as compared to 33 for Chinese. And the number of people learning English worldwide dwarfs the number learning Mandarin. As you look through Lopéz’s visual, you’ll want to keep one thing Read More

Like A Chemist Combining Elements

01/06/2014

On one of my favorite episodes of the Radiolab podcast, James Shapiro speaks for a bit on the combinatorial nature of William Shakespeare’s use of language—that is, the way Shakespeare creatively combined words to create new concepts and phrases: …Shakespeare behaved not so much as a writer but more like a “chemist combining elements.” James is a Read More