Name your color

Jul 8, 2011 by

As was discussed in earlier postings, the cross-linguistic range of color terms is quite complex and languages differ as to how the treat the color spectrum (e.g., see how Hanunoo does it). No surprise then that children have much...

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Da-da-da… — Duh!

Apr 4, 2011 by

Recently a YouTube video has gone viral in which two baby boys appear to “talk” to each other in those unmistakable baby sequences of “da-da-da”. The YouTube video is titled “twin baby boys have a...

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Sit. Stay. Fetch! — Do dogs have language?

Jan 24, 2011 by

Recently, I’ve been blogging a lot about the so-called “amateurish linguistics”. It does seem that practically every time I read something in the media that has to do with language, another example of...

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A new language has been born!

Apr 5, 2010 by

The world has seen a birth of a new language recently. Well, maybe… Almost! I am talking about Na’vi, the language of the aliens in the film Avatar. Of course, as an alien language, Na’vi would not be of much...

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