Languages and/or Linguistics

Hi

Can’t help but notice how many people here have studied languages and or linguistics or are currently studying them!

I wonder if there is a correlation between interest in names and general interest in language.

I studied Russian, Czech and Polish and a smattering of Slavic linguistics (mostly historical and a bit of phonology) and speak to varying degrees of fluency [name_f]English[/name_f], Russian, [name_m]German[/name_m], Spanish, [name_u]French[/name_u], Welsh and Esperanto.

Other linguist and polyglot berries, what are your linguistic interests/any other languages you speak?!

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Hi @standardcrow :wave:t2:

I’m not a linguist, but I speak 5 languages with varying degrees of fluency: [name_f]English[/name_f], [name_m]German[/name_m], Russian, Portuguese and Spanish. I can read Latin and understand Italian, [name_u]French[/name_u], Ukrainian and Belarusian. I am an occasional interpreter and legal translator. :slight_smile:

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I think there must be! I’ve noticed this too :blush:

I speak six languages, though some are extremely rusty!! Aside from [name_f]English[/name_f], I’ve studied [name_u]French[/name_u], [name_m]German[/name_m], Spanish, Russian and Polish, and I’m working towards doing an MFL teaching qualification (focusing on [name_u]French[/name_u], [name_m]German[/name_m] and Russian) in a couple of years’ time.

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Ooh! I love both languages and names. [name_f]My[/name_f] language interest comes primarily through dead languages. I’ve been interested in Classics forever (probably observable through my name taste). I’m only fluent in [name_f]English[/name_f], but I’m learning Latin, Classical Greek, Old Norse, Norwegian, and [name_u]French[/name_u]. I also have a serious interest in Linear B, but I haven’t gotten that far yet.

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I’m married to a Classicist and yes, it definitely has an impact on name tastes! We named our first daughter [name_f]Juno[/name_f], go figure :joy:

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I speak [name_f]English[/name_f] fluently but also know some Spanish! I also speak Polish which I just learned around the house from my parents (they were born and raised in Poland).

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I speak [name_f]English[/name_f], Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, Tamil, and Gujarati. I’m learning Spanish and I’m going to teach myself [name_u]French[/name_u].

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Linear B, now that’s serious commitment :rofl:. Used to date someone who specialised in Ancient Hittite, but all my languages are fairly normal. Most unusual i go is Welsh and Esperanto!

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I speak [name_f]English[/name_f] and am practically fluent in Spanish (I can read, write, and understand people, but struggle to conjugate verbs fast enough to speak fluently myself :joy:). I would love to learn Italian next, or possibly Catalan (though I don’t know a single Catalan speaker, so I’m not sure how practical it would be)

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Native [name_f]English[/name_f] speaker. [name_u]French[/name_u] and Japanese are my next strongest. Then Spanish and [name_m]German[/name_m]. Then I have studied Arabic, Italian, Hebrew, and Mandarin to a lesser extent and probably could barely get by as a vacationer in a country that spoke one of those languages and had a couple weeks to prepare/brush up.

I want to get to a high C1 level in [name_u]French[/name_u] and Japanese (right now I think I’m high Bs in both… don’t really know). I also want to study Irish, Scottish Gaelic, [name_m]Breton[/name_m], and Swiss [name_m]German[/name_m] in the future based on my ancestry. And I want to study Cantonese and Shanghainese based on my husband’s ancestry. And I want to brush up my Spanish eventually and get to a higher level of fluency. I hope to travel in the future to places that speak each of those languages.

I definitely think there is a very high degree of crossover in the venn diagram of language lovers/polyglots and name lovers.

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I’m a native [name_f]English[/name_f] speaker and was going to study linguistics at university but I found university lifestyle wasn’t my cup of tea. I’m now studying teacher training at college and linguistics/language development covers a lot of the course as we specialise in special needs children. I eventually want to be a TEFAL primary/elementary school (teach [name_f]English[/name_f] as a foreign language) teacher as I’m due to be moving to [name_f]France[/name_f] in a couple of years time.

I can speak [name_u]French[/name_u], Spanish and [name_m]Dutch[/name_m] as well as [name_f]English[/name_f] and can also understand a little Korean, Japanese and [name_m]German[/name_m]. I’d like to study Korean in more depth. I used to learn Mandarin for a bit but I’m very hazy on my memory of the language.

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toki! mi jan Sajaka. mi sona toki pi toki pona. toki pona li jo e nimi lili. nimi ali li jo e nasin sona mute.

(I’m learning to speak Toki Pona. Toki Pona has few words, but each word has many meanings.)

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I’m a native [name_m]Dutch[/name_m] speaker, and [name_f]English[/name_f] is my second language. [name_f]My[/name_f] worst foreign language is actually [name_m]German[/name_m], despite its relative proximity to both [name_m]Dutch[/name_m] and [name_f]English[/name_f]. I’ve dabbled in [name_u]French[/name_u], Swedish (by extension also Norwegian and Danish), Polish, Modern Greek and a teensy bit of Lithuanian. I’m currently also doing Irish and Finnish on Duolingo.

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I’m a native [name_f]English[/name_f] speaker but I speak Italian fluently (my mum is Italian). I’ve been obsessed with names since I was little and initially I was most interested in how I could find the perfect balance between languages so a name would never sound out of place. That is part of the reason my parents called me ‘[name_f]Olivia[/name_f]’ 27 years ago - so I would have a name that would fit easily between languages.

Nowadays I read a lot of classics and fantasy so my naming ideals tend towards classic / welsh / medieval with a twist.

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Hi
I think yes. If you couldn’t tell I’m a big fan of etymology and meaning and that’s why I love looking into names. So it makes sense to me that people who love linguistics also love names.

I did [name_u]French[/name_u], [name_m]German[/name_m] and Latin at school. Danish at university (and a bit of Swedish and Norwegian), in my [name_m]Erasmus[/name_m] year in Copenhagen I spent a year
studying linguistics in Danish (but looking at all languages) and I’m British so naturally I speak [name_f]English[/name_f] and know a little Welsh as I have Welsh family but would love to speak Welsh fluently. Now I’m also trying to learn Spanish and [name_m]Dutch[/name_m].

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There is totally a connection! I’m obsessed with languages and linguistics.

I speak [name_f]English[/name_f], Icelandic, and some amounts of [name_m]German[/name_m], although I struggle. [name_m]Just[/name_m] like the poster above, I really enjoy etymology and I love looking at Latin in particular.

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That’s an interesting correlation, I hadn’t thought of that before! I do love languages and the written/spoken word though. In the past, I’ve learned Latin, Spanish, Japanese, and ASL in addition to my native [name_f]English[/name_f]. I also love writing poetry and prose though, so I can definitely see how my love of names fits in there! I guess I just really enjoy finding sounds that flow well :joy:

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Yes! I believe there is! Especially with the more languages you know of your more interested to look into that culture’s names.

I speak [name_f]English[/name_f] and Spanish fluently and I’m currently learning [name_u]French[/name_u]. I can translate Russian, know a bit of [name_m]German[/name_m]( from my family history), know the Greek alphabet, and can read Latin on occasion. But I do believe that there is a connection with names and language lovers as I personally love learning the meanings of names in different languages.:grin:

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