You guys ever think about why languages sound different? Like how they developed across continents and nations? Am I the only nerd casually trying to put that puzzle together?
A while ago a comedian — I think it was Trevor Noah, actually — pointed out that he thinks weather/climate is the reason why the British tried that douchebag move of colonizing half the world. Like if you were stuck in a place where the winters were death, wouldn't you a) wonder what else is out there and b) want to GTFO of your spot? And conversely, he postulated you don't hear of any colonizers from the tropics because when you live in paradise, why go anywhere else?
Obviously it's a gross oversimplification, an incredibly under-researched theory, and gives no explanation to the Brit's shitty behavior once they got to warmer climates, but as usual, I digress. As I've traveled I've also wondered if climate or environment had a similar effect on the development of language. Like in Hawaii for example, the language is soft. All breath and vowels, flowing like it came from the ocean and air themselves. In Nigeria, Yoruba sounds like a drum beat. Words and phrases land with rhythm that drove the tradition of storytellers setting their tales to music. In northern Europe — Germany, the Netherlands — the language is harsh, all consonants and sharp turns. Like every syllable is a swipe back at an assailing bitter cold front.
What do you guys think? I mean honestly who knows, maybe I'm reaching hard. BUT AREN'T YOU CURIOUS? Anyway, thanks for joining me on this brief trip through the random shit I think about. If anyone's got any other theories, or you know, actually researched facts feel free to comment below!