Studies of Changing Words

I know, I haven’t completed a “Weird Science in the News” post in a very long while. However, I have continued to collect links to science-related articles. Two of these I wanted to share today.

The New York Times’ article “Your Brain on Fiction” is a two-page opinion piece that discusses the neuroscience of fiction. In summary, researchers are finding that fiction expands upon the real-life experiences of its readers.  Confirmation is nice, isn’t it?

In “Color-coded text reveals the foreign origins of your words” on i09, you can see how words from various places have formed into modern versions of the English language. My favorite part of this article is where it mentions Kinde’s future Website. His analytical program could really help when writing historically based fantasy and historical fiction. Maybe when it’s available, some of us will spend less time looking up the origin on every suspect word for such stories.

Further Reading

Papers from The Mar Lab

“What are the origins of the English Language?” answered by Merriam-Webster


3 thoughts on “Studies of Changing Words”

  1. Some people are quite visual and the colors will make them quite gladly associate the word origins. Many have used other methods to analise etimology. But his is quite *original*

    I liked it!

    1. Thank you for visiting, no tail nor flies! I’m a fiction writer, and what I like most about the color-coding is that I could scan for unwanted colors, such as green (American) in a story with a setting modeled after medieval Wales. That would probably be faster than digging through a dictionary for every word that might be too modern.

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