Category Archives: Blog

  • Interview with Keith Cunningham, PhD Candidate at Georgetown University

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

    As the UNESCO Year of Indigenous Languages continues, we at the Museum want to highlight work being done to make the year a success and preserve and study lesser-known indigenous languages further. I had the opportunity to interview Keith Cunningham at Georgetown University, who is currently working on a doctoral dissertation in linguistics, who is […]

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  • Language of the Month: Tjupan

    Posted on August 18, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog.

         Since starting the Language of the Month featured, we have travelled as far as the Museum’s backyard with Piscataway, to the far reaches of Asia with Cantonese. We have also seen languages both surviving (Cantonese) and almost completely forgotten (Piscataway). However, there exist several languages in the middle of these two, which are […]

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  • Japanese Summer Camp Pop-Up Event

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

    The National Museum of Language conducted a Pop- Up Japanese Day for its Outreach for July 2019. Children (8-11) learned Japanese Greetings and phrases through songs, chants, and practice; wrote in Kanji numbers 1-11; practiced Martial Arts positions; tried on Kimonos, Yukatas and, had a Fashion show wearing the Japanese clothing.Children enjoyed the day.

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  • Interview with Lynne Murphy, Author of “The Prodigal Tongue”

    Posted on July 25, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    As you know, on August 24th we will be featuring our latest speaker in our Speaker Series, Lynne Murphy, discussing “The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between British and American English.” To give our patrons an idea of what to expect, I had the opportunity to ask Lynne a few questions about her background and […]

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  • 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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