Babel bubbles

A lovely (if hardly comprehensive) graph inspired by a question from Language Log reader Yuval Pinter: “When an English speaker doesn’t understand a word one says, it’s ‘Greek to me.’ When a Hebrew speaker encounters this difficulty, it ‘sounds like Chinese.’ I’ve been told the Korean equivalent is ‘sounds like Hebrew.'”

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from “The directed graph of stereotypical incomprehensibility,” by Mark Liberman, Language Log, 15 January 2009 :: via Strange Maps

Originally published at culture-making.com.

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