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Posted on January 31, 2012 - Filed Under Linguistics, meta | Leave a Comment

So reader Mark commented on my ‘Ghetto Foundry‘ post: Funny enough, the word ‘ghetto’ comes from the word for foundry. The first ghetto officially designated as such was in 16th-century Venice for Jews, and it was built on the site of an old foundry. Ghetto actually means “foundry” in Venetian-Italian dialect. Wild.

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A Note on the Word “Famous”

Posted on December 13, 2011 - Filed Under Linguistics | Leave a Comment

If you mention a name, and then someone asks who that person is, it is not appropriate to respond “oh he’s a famous [something-mer-other].” The fact that they had to ask means that the person is not famous. I’ll go back to my cave.

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Cleverbot talks to Cleverbot

Posted on August 31, 2011 - Filed Under Cool Video, Linguistics | Leave a Comment

If you haven’t messed around with Cleverbot, it’s worth some of your time. If you want a basic explanation of how it works, here’s an episode of Radiolab where they talk about it. What you’re seeing in this video is Cleverbot talking to himself. It’s … weird.

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Blah blah blah HEY I DON”T LIKE THAT blah blah blah

Posted on July 22, 2011 - Filed Under Article, Linguistics | Leave a Comment

So recently the BBC published a list of 50 ‘Americanisms’ that other people hate. None of them really get on my nerves. But there’s a larger point here. We speak the same language, but the Brits get pissed at things that are pretty common. 45. Having an “issue” instead of a “problem”. John, Leicester 36. Surely [...]

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word length

Posted on July 12, 2011 - Filed Under Linguistics | Leave a Comment

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Linguistics News

Posted on April 18, 2011 - Filed Under Linguistics | 1 Comment

There were 2 ‘major’ pieces of linguistic news this week. The first was the realization that all modern languages are descended from one ‘proto’ language. The second that there is no universal, innate word order. The first article is not really news. How do I know this? My Junior year of college, I gave a [...]

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Aaaaaaaaaaand We’re Back

Posted on January 3, 2011 - Filed Under Linguistics | Leave a Comment

I had a pretty great X-mas break gang. Here’s a little gift that’s been circulating the ‘tubes. It’s a geographical linguistic map of North America. Here’s the link, and then I’ll give my impressions: American English Dialects First thing’s first, my native land: the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Thankfully, we were represented. Unfortunately, they got [...]

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Pirahan language

Posted on December 12, 2010 - Filed Under Cool Video, Linguistics | Leave a Comment

Here’s a video of people speaking that crazy language from ‘Don’t Sleep There are Snakes“:

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The Koro Language

Posted on October 21, 2010 - Filed Under Linguistics | Leave a Comment

Language isolates are a really cool phenomenon in the field of linguistics. Briefly, if a language is not distinctly related to any current language, it is considered a language isolate. Basque is an example of a living language isolate, where Etruscan is an example of an extinct one. Well a new language has been discovered [...]

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Stephen Fry on Grammar Nazis

Posted on October 19, 2010 - Filed Under Cool Video, Linguistics | Leave a Comment

I have found a new hero. After looking exuberant wandering around the Auburn game, Stephen Fry comes out with this piece that sums up far better than I could ever delight about why grammar Nazis are missing out on a singular joy. For those of you who have problems with the verb ‘Google’ I would [...]

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