The Improbable Impact Of Nature On 2000 Languages


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Why does the hill district of Shimla, home to a mere 8 lakh people, have at least 10-15 different languages? Why does Indonesia have 250 languages, and the strangest of them all - Papua New Guinea, an island nation, to this very day, has over one thousand spoken languages? Why did these rather disparate places acquire such a high density of languages, despite having relatively smaller populations. This week, in the sixth episode of India’s Linguistic Heritage, we travel far and wide and uncover a fascinating link from the natural world, which has shaped more than 2000 languages world over. Tune in, and discover the lessons it holds for us in travel, and in life.

Check out the other episodes of "India's Linguistic Heritage"

The Hidden Story of Sanskrit, and the North-South Divide:

Reclaiming India's Linguistic Heritage: 300 Ramayanas?

Partitions Unknown: Hindi, Urdu and the Umbilical Cord:

The Hidden Injustice in India's Languages:

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