Are Words Just Like Genes?

Sep 20, 2014 by

[Thanks to Rory van Tuyl for drawing my attention to Morell’s article and to Martin Lewis for many enlightening discussions of these issues and for helpful editorial suggestions] In an article published on September 19, 2014 in...

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The Khazarian Hypothesis and the Nature of Yiddish

Aug 12, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in February 2013. Thanks to Martin W. Lewis, Dave Howard, Dmitry Pruss, Bill Poser, Lev Stesin, David Erschler, Sophia Osminkin, and Igor Solunskiy for a helpful discussion that led to this post!]...

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On Simple Languages and Simple-Minded Conclusions

Aug 1, 2014 by

In his Esperanto-language article “Ĉu Esperanto estas simpla kaj facila?” (Is Esperanto simple and easy?), published in Libera Folio, Jouko Lindstedt, Professor of Slavonic Philology at the University of Helsinki, makes an...

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Is It English or Engelsk?—part 3

Jul 15, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in January 2013] The previous two posts (see here and here) have examined the much-tout paper by Jan Terje Faarlund and Joseph Emonds purporting to show that English is a Scandinavian rather than...

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Is It English or Engelsk?—part 2

Jul 15, 2014 by

[This post was originally published on GeoCurrents in January 2013] In the previous post, we began to examine the claim, made recently by Jan Terje Faarlund and Joseph Emonds, that Modern English is a Scandinavian language rather...

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Is It English or Engelsk?—part 1

Jul 15, 2014 by

[This post was originally published on GeoCurrents in January 2013] When it comes to matters of language and linguistics, the popular media’s “scientific” reporting typically sensationalizes studies that make outlandish (and often...

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