by Jose Morales
I just watched one of the best TEDed videos I have seen so far. It is about spelling, but more so about the meaningful structures of language that we as speakers take for granted. Whether we’re learning a new language from scratch, or just speaking our native language we rarely think about the nature of words. As it turns out, once you break up words into morphological constituents, you realize that words are ideas combined to create a larger idea that transcends immediacy and situational boundaries.
The video (that will be linked below) shows the true beauty of simple words like one, and how from this simple numerical concept many other words such as alone and onion flourished into existence. I think this video is great as a follow up, to the English Conversation Club meeting we had this p0ast monday, in which our special guest Kelly Giles (a librarian at Rose Library), showed us the visual nature of Asian characters to descibe words like mountain and mouth. Language is a beautiful invention.