Aspiration in New Julfa Armenian

Apr 19, 2012 by

A couple of days ago, I attended a very interesting talk by Sebouh Aslanian on New Julfa Armenians and their trade networks, stretching from Amsterdam to Manila in the Philippines. New Julfa is an Armenian settlement in Isfahan,...

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What’s in a name?

Oct 6, 2011 by

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” — William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2) While the great bard might have believed that names carry no meaning...

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Innovations to the human vocal apparatus

Aug 30, 2010 by

To make speech sounds we use the same basic apparatus that apes have: lungs, throat, voice box, tongue and lips. But we are the ones who can speak and sing. Why? Although speech organs have evolved primarily for other survival...

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