A Global Language

An interactive visualisation tool exploring the etymological history of the English language.

Screenshot of the result of the search term 'ginger' with a globe visualising the geographical origins of the word and a timeline visualising the historical origin of the word.

English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. At the same time, as a language, it is also one of the most varied, ever-changing, and confusing to learn.

A Global Language is an interactive visualisation tool that explores the etymological history of the English language. Where do all the words in English come from, and how do they get here? There are two main goals for this ongoing project: one, to create a more visually engaging and exploratory educational tool about language and etymology; and two, to think about how language evolution parallels developments in world history, and to highlight the variety of world Englishes.

An application window with a teal background and a simple timeline and map
The original Python version of the app, using [tkinter](https://docs.python.org/3/library/tkinter.html)
Visualisation on a globe and a timeline for the word 'banana'
Results for the word ‘banana’
Visualisation on a globe and a timeline for the word 'curry'
Results for the word curry
Visualisation on a globe and a timeline for the word 'ginger'
Results for the word ginger
Visualisation on a globe and a timeline for the word 'mango'
Results for the word mango
Visualisation on a globe and a timeline for the word 'voodoo'
Results for the word voodoo