Author Archives: Rob Glass

  • Language of the Month: Navajo

    Posted on June 14, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    As we continue language of the month, it can be important to remember that language is a vital component of not only our everyday communication, but also for intelligence and defense. As today, June 14th is Flag Day, let’s take a moment to learn about Navajo, a language that in many ways contributed, even if […]

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  • Language of the Month: Piscataway

    Posted on May 20, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog.

         Welcome to our newest feature at the Museum, the Language of the Month! A question that we frequently hear is “How does one dedicate a museum to an abstract idea?” While that may be an interesting philosophical question, it’s more than possible! Data collection, restoration projects, ephemera (dictionaries, Bibles, etc.) are all tools […]

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  • Speaker Series: The Prodigal Tongue, The Love-Hate Relationship between American and British English

    Posted on May 13, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF LANGUAGE                PROUDLY PRESENTS  The Prodigal Tongue: The love-hate relationship between American and British English SATURDAY 24 AUGUST 2019, 2-4 PM COLLEGE PARK COUNCIL CHAMBERS 4500 KNOX ROAD, COLLEGE PARK, MD, 20740 Lynne Murphy is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sussex. Born and raised in New York State, she has lived […]

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  • Interview with Joseph Rhyne and Ryan Hearn, Creators of Torfan for Marvel’s Captain Marvel

    Posted on May 2, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    Many of you have may have seen Marvel Studio’s Captain Marvel in theaters (and you would not be alone, with over a billion dollars in worldwide grosses), chronicling the adentures of Captain Carol Danvers as she goes from Kree Starforce member to one of Earth’s heroes, but did you notice that the Torfans in one […]

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  • Interview with Sybrandus Adema of Afrikaans TaalMonument

    Posted on April 29, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    There are many people, places, and more that have monuments and statues dedicated to them. But did you know that the Afrikaans language of South Africa has its own monument? And how exactly does one dedicate a physical monument to an abstract concept? I contacted Sybrandus Adema, the communications officer for the Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en -monument […]

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  • Philogelos Joke 185

    Posted on March 21, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    Another installment of the Philogelos, folks. Dan Crompton, the translator, uses the word “obstinate” to translate the Greek word DYSKOLOS used in this joke, but I think it’s more accurately rendered as “curmudgeon, crab, grump, sourpuss” — i.e. someone whose disposition, in addition to being mule-headed, is surly, grudging, suspicious, spiteful, and just generally unpleasant […]

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  • Interview with Simone Bregni, Professor at Saint Louis University

    Posted on March 19, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    Dr. Simone Bregni, of Saint Louis University, was recently featured in an article for the online magazine Medium for his innovative use of video games in the language classroom. We were fortunate enough to have our own interview with him to take a deeper dive into the use of video games for language learners. Hopefully […]

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  • JNCL-NCLIS Advocacy Day 2019

    Posted on February 27, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    Last week, I had the great fortune to attend the JNCL-NCLIS Language Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. There were over 160 representatives from 42 states around the nation, all coming together under the theme of “Speak Up for Languages.” The Language Advocacy Day is an opportunity for these educators, business owners, administrators, and government employees […]

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  • Interview with Scott McGinnis, Coordinator for the Interagency Language Roundtable, USG and Academic Advisor & Professor, Defense Language Institute

    Posted on February 12, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    As we have seen over the past year, language is currently and will continue to play a crucial role in the government, in particular for defense interests (see our article with commentary from Glenn Nordin here). To further explore this topic that is not usually considered when looking at language education, we talked to Scott […]

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  • Philogelos Joke 193

    Posted on February 7, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    Here’s joke 193. A man goes to his obstinate friend’s house looking for him. “I’m not in!” comes the shout from inside. Laughing, the friend says, “Liar! I recognize your voice!” “You bastard!” replies the obstinate guy. “If my slave had called out, you would have believed him — how come you trust him more […]

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