Are We “At the Origin of Language Structure”?—Another Blooper-Riddled ...

Aug 31, 2015 by

[Thanks to George Walkden for drawing my attention to the article discussed below and for a helpful discussion of some of its shortcomings.]   A recent article in Science Daily describes the research conducted by “a team from...

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“Suffix” or “Ending”—Clarifying the Terminology

Aug 20, 2015 by

A reader of my earlier post “Some Observations on Morphophonological Adaptation of English-derived Loanwords in Russian Slang” pointed out that my use of the term “suffix” for the plural marker in Russian is incorrect; the term...

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Does Google Translate Output Accord with Reality?—And Remarks on the M...

Aug 17, 2015 by

I have written extensively about problems with Google Translate and its many bloopers in both lexical choices and producing a grammatically cohesive output. It is thus ironic that Google Translate’s “translation” of the Russian...

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Mohawk’s Challenging Grammar

Aug 4, 2015 by

As mentioned in the previous post, an article by Judith Thurman, titled “A loss for words”, published in the March 30, 2015 issue of The New Yorker, does a good job discussing issues of language endangerment and revitalization....

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Do Languages of Primitive Peoples Have Small Vocabularies?—And Some Th...

Jul 28, 2015 by

In my previous post, I have argued that languages of the so-called “primitive” peoples are not necessarily as simple as many lay people conceive them to be. While yesterday’s post focused on grammars of such languages, illustrating...

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Are Languages of “Primitive Peoples” Primitive?

Jul 28, 2015 by

A recent discussion of Toki Pona, a conlang dubbed “the world’s smallest language” by Roc Morin on Business Insider Australia website, prompted me to write again on the issue of the so-called “primitive languages” (for my earlier...

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A Free MOOC on Language Revival

Jul 23, 2015 by

Dear Readers, I don’t typically advertize courses by my colleagues, but this MOOC on Language Revival looks particularly interesting. Led by Ghil’ad Zuckermann and Rob Amery, the course explores “how the world’s...

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