Mapping the Global Patterns of Tobacco Consumption

Oct 16, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in July 2013] My earlier post noted that despite the triple warning on each pack of cigarettes sold in Bosnia and Herzegovina, smoking rates in all the former Yugoslavian republics remain extremely...

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How to save the Itelmen language?

Oct 9, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in March 2012. Thanks to Jonathan Bobaljik and Tatiana Degai for their assistance in working on this post!] As mentioned in my earlier post, the Itelmen are at the bottom of the list of Siberian...

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Indigenous Languages of Siberia: An Overview

Oct 9, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in March 2012] On the map of the 6,909 living languages listed in the Ethnologue database (see map on the left), Siberia is mostly empty, with fewer dots than European Russia or the United States....

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The Deportation and the Return of the Crimean Tatars—And the Controver...

Oct 8, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in May 2013] Crimean Tatars were among the many ethnic groups deported under Stalin during World War II due to the alleged collaboration with the Nazis. Today, this Turkic-speaking group...

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The Geography of “Cucumber”

Oct 1, 2014 by

Several of my earlier posts examined the history and geography of culinary vocabulary, particularly words for ‘cheese’, ‘onion’, and ‘tea’. It has become clear that the distribution of such words in European languages tells a story...

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Global Geography of Milk Consumption and Lactose (In)Tolerance

Sep 29, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in March 2013] To follow up on the recent GeoNote on wine, beer, and cider consumption in France in 1870s, let’s consider the worldwide spatial patterns of another drink—milk. To North Americans...

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