In this episode we explore the connection between language and weather. So you may have heard before that the Inuit have over XXX words for snow. Have you ever wondered whether or not that is true? Well, is it? Born out of an introductory text written back in 1910s by Franz Boas, we explore this legend and the validity of the claims.
- Read what Franz Boas said
- Review a good summary article by Larry Kaplan at the Alaska Native Language Center
- Research by anthropologist Laura Martin and linguist Geoffrey Pullum
- Example list of Eskimo snow words
We also explore the more basic concept of how languages have developed based on weather and climate in different regions around the globe. Did you know that humidity levels and atmospheric pressure likely influenced language development around the globe?
- Read about Caleb Everett’s exploration of altitude on language
- And Everett et al.’s exploration of humidity on language
It is also possible that how we talk about the weather is determining our prosperity according to Keith Chen.
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