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Written By: Youki on January 13, 2009 1 Comment

Contemporary linguistic theory hypothesizes that linguistic objects and rules within a speaker’s native language (NL) undergo a process called fossilization in which linguistic items, rules, and subsystems tend to retain elements… hah hah, tricked you!  latest xkcd:








and because I don’t remember the C&H reference:







Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 13, 2009 No Comment
Branded Shoes

So we were driving through a small alley in a suburb of Delhi, India, today, and as we went past two shoe stores, I was struck by the logos of the companies on the shoe boxes (click on the pictures to enlarge):

Behold the “Googly” (sorry for the blurry image):






And the “Kellog’s“, and shoes with […]

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Written By: daveski on January 12, 2009 6 Comments

The highlight of my day yesterday was definitely the pizza. Sure, it tasted good, my first pizza, and first pizzas are always a special experience. But it was the buying itself that was a linguistic victory of sorts.

This was my first day in Sienna. My first day in Italy. I’d had a few other […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 11, 2009 4 Comments
Danger Signs

As we drove to the gym today in a satellite town of New Delhi, India, I was struck by a skull and crossbones sign painted on the back of an auto-rickshaw. It had the word “STOP” written beneath it (see below). Now, I associate the skull and crossbones sign with poison and pirates…I have never […]

Written By: daveski on January 11, 2009 No Comment
The faces of Berkeley

Today, as I step back into the non-place of the SFO departure lounge on the way to the workshop on linguistic landscape in Siena, I’m also taking a detour from the path to Livermore. By now I suppose I’ve passed the Berkeley library, the Southside lineup of more→

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 11, 2009 1 Comment

Youki and I found this great multilingual rendition of “Happy Birthday” on Youtube that we wanted to share with our fellow FITizens:

Sublime, huh? We wish everyone born today-a day picked oh so randomly-a very happy birthday.

Oh, and Fitzy, unwilling to be left out, offered this.

Written By: Youki on January 10, 2009 3 Comments

Usree Bhattacharya recently wrote about a BBC article that graphed the frequency of words in President Bush’s last eight State of the Union addresses.   One of the things I noticed was a high frequency of the words “child”/”children” in his 2004 SOTU address.  “Children” being a rather ubiquitous word, I thought […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 10, 2009 No Comment
Graphic Content

A BBC article offers line graphs tracing how often certain words were used by President Bush across the last eight State of the Union addresses. The graphs, the article says, “give an idea of what the president saw as the pressing issues at the beginning of each year.” Very neat, and as the article […]

Written By: Youki on January 10, 2009 1 Comment
Fun with ASCII












small tool to convert text into ASCII art.

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 9, 2009 2 Comments
On The Tip of Your Tongue?

Experiencing TOT? That word you know-but can’t recall-driving you crazy?

Then head on over to Tip of My Tongue, the brainchild of Chirag Mehta, a University of Tampa graduate student. Mehta developed an algorithm to help visitors remember elusive words using input like what the word starts with, what it contains, what it […]

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Written By: Youki on January 9, 2009 1 Comment
The cat is sublime









 don’t deny it

Written By: daveski on January 8, 2009 No Comment

It’s a few months old, but this list on TechCrunch has tons of links.

It’s interesting that the author says that the biggest chunk of Web 2.0 education sites are for language learning….where exactly is the $20 billion “second language acquisition market”?

Any favorite Web 2 sites? I’m going to check out the Italian right […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 8, 2009 1 Comment
Let’s Conversate

Over at the Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates interviews the Editor-At-Large for the Oxford English Dictionary, Jesse Sheidlower, about the linguistic legitimacy of the Ebonics word conversate. Check out the really provocative post and leave your comments below!

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 7, 2009 2 Comments
The English Speaking Curse

Soiled burlap sacks and old, foot worn carpets coat the dark cement floor. Tear-shaped mildew patches stain most of the wallspace, and the paint is peeling, crumbly to the touch. There is a hastily constructed altar housing a few Hindu idols on one end of the room, and a Bisleri mineral water bottle stands oddly […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 7, 2009 9 Comments

An interesting article in the Wall Street Journal called “The Art of Making Online ‘Friends’” caught my attention today. The author suggests that in the troubled economic times we have today, the “weak ties” afforded by so-called “friends” on social networking sites could end up being very helpful. Networking is critical for finding good […]

Written By: kernrg on January 6, 2009 No Comment
UCCLLT Colloquium on World Languages in California

Please note that January 6 is the last day to take advantage of “early bird” registration fees for the upcoming UC Language Consortium Colloquium on World Language Proficiency in the California Context, to be held here at the UC Berkeley campus (Pauley Ballroom) on February 6-7.  This is an important colloquium that I hope most […]

Written By: Youki on January 6, 2009 No Comment
FIT in Review: December

Be sure to check out “FIT in Review: November” if you missed it.

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A monthly roundup of blog posts on Found in Translation.


Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 5, 2009 No Comment

দু শো (Bengali)

दो सौ (Hindi)

द्विशत (Sanskrit)

dua ratus (Bahasa Indonesia)

deux cents (French)

zweihundert (German)

…is the number of posts on Found in Translation.

Let me yell out a very unscholarly: “Yayyyyyy!”

How do you say “two hundred” in your language?

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Written By: daveski on January 5, 2009 10 Comments

Happy New Year everyone!

Have you been speaking another language, hearing another kind of English, or had any other eye-opening language experiences during vacation? To kick off the new year, we thought we’d throw out a topic that everyone could “micro-blog” on, quick and easy.

“What’s a new year’s greeting or other holiday expression that’s memorable, important, […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 5, 2009 2 Comments

Wayne State University‘s “Word Warriors” site “propose[s] to help rejuvenate the language we love [English] by advocating for words of style and substance that see far too little use.”


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