Russian-Based Pidgins in Siberia

Oct 20, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in April 2012] My earlier posts described the indigenous peoples of Siberia and their languages, as well as the Russian colonization and gradual cultural and linguistic Russification of Siberia....

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Is Esperanto simple and easy?

Aug 8, 2014 by

In my previous post, I maintained that the notion of “simplicity” (and “complexity”) when applied to language is far from being simple. At least two kinds of simplicity need to be distinguished: simplicity of learning (what I called...

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Modern Technology Helps Save Dying Languages

May 16, 2012 by

As discussed in an earlier post, modern technology can be called upon to help save a dying language. Another example of this is a language called Arapesh, marked as #140 on the Ethnologue map of languages along the northern New...

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