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Curious Kids: How are languages formed?

By Darin Flynn, Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Calgary
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How are languages formed? — Pearl, 12, Regina, Sask.

Easily! In fact, you can create a new language right now.

Simply choose some sounds, like “f,” “m,” and “e,” and invent words with them: fme could mean “shrimp,” em could mean “eat,” e “it,” and ef “is.” Next, organize…

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