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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 2, 2008 3 Comments

Crazy Indian Video….Buffalaxed:

Youki: Usree, I came across this video and I was extremely reluctant to share it with you, because of how extremely offensive it was.
Usree: Extremely?
Youki: [Nervous laughter]
Usree: Okay…I love offensive…er “stuff.”
Youki: [Looking away, still nervous]: I actually saw it a couple of days ago. And uh wasn’t [laughter][ gonna send it to […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 23, 2008 7 Comments

The Indian government recently decided to confer “classic” status to a select few languages, using the yardstick that a language has to have been around at least 1500 years in order to make the cut. The official designation of a language as “classic” comes with a sizable grant to be used for its […]

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Written By: daveski on September 22, 2008 No Comment

Thinking about my recent trip to Essen, Germany to participate in an applied linguistics conference, I realize that one of my most lasting memories is also one of the most mundane. That’s not to say that I’ll soon forget gazing into the sunset in the reflecting pool by the Zollverein coal mine, or […]

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Written By: ghh on August 18, 2008 No Comment

News from the BLC recording studio: two major projects completed this summer: One is the transfer of over 200 analog tapes of VEDIC SANSKRIT chants – recorded in the field in India – to digital files. The other is the digitization of master tape recordings of speakers representing endangered California Indian languages. Archiving these languages […]

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Written By: daveski on July 24, 2008 1 Comment

Ferdinand de Saussure‘s distinction between three interrelated domains of language–langue, parole, and langage–was foundational in my language studies at Berkeley, as it is undoubtedly in programs across the country and around the world. Yet now, after having spent 6 months off and and on (more off than on unfortunately) studying French, I wonder […]

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