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Written By: Jonathan Haddad on October 27, 2010 3 Comments
Will Allen Iverson learn Turkish?

While many of us here in the Bay Area are amped up for Game 1 of the World Series, myself, I am more excited about the start of the NBA season, and my favorite team, the Wizards, opening night match-up with the Orlando Magic.

Kevin Seraphin, a native of French Guyana, must be […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on October 25, 2010 No Comment
China defends language policies in Tibetan areas

From an Associated Press story:

“Chinese officials tried to defuse discontent following days of student protests in ethnically Tibetan areas, saying a plan to teach classes only in Mandarin Chinese was not aimed at wiping out Tibet’s native tongue, state media reported Saturday.”

The unrest arose when word spread of an educational reform […]

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Written By: daveski on October 23, 2010 6 Comments

The thinning out, scaling down, and downright elimination of language programs seems to be a normalizing trend in these times of budgetary hardship. While the State University of New York at Albany’s wholesale elimination of its French, Italian, Russian, classics and theater programs this month has received some notice, it hasn’t, […]

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Written By: Jonathan Haddad on October 20, 2010 1 Comment
The Persistence of Solaar

In Stephen Jay Gould’s (1992) enlightening collection of popular science essays, Bully for Brontosaurus, he traces the evolution of a simile through school science textbooks from the 19th century on.  He wonders how it happened that the “dawn horse,” eohippus, became linked in size to the fox terrier, despite such a reference being […]

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Written By: Billette on October 15, 2010 2 Comments

…so said the English-L1 instructor of French. This woman teaches in Canada to Anglophone Canadian students. My mind flashed to questions of language and power. Canada is an officially bilingual country, thanks to the political (linguistic?) activity of Québec. Why “Continental French” when one’s fellow countrypeople speak a different variety? I fear that the answers […]

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Written By: daveski on October 15, 2010 4 Comments

Well, since Youki and Usree lured me into this quiz on Facebook, i thought I’d post it here because, well, I don’t know if you want to let yet another Facebook app access all of your personal information. If you’re on Facebook, that is. And we should be able to talk about these […]

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Written By: daveski on October 11, 2010 4 Comments
If I am you, then we is possessed

“I’m not a witch. I’m nothing you’ve heard. I’m you.”

So starts this campaign ad for Christine O’Donnell, the Republican party nominee for the special Senate election in Delaware, released about a week ago:

And considering the lunacy of the opening and closing lines (especially), I assumed that the good folks over at the […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on October 6, 2010 No Comment

LA Times reports on this story:

A previously unknown language has been uncovered in the far reaches of northeastern India, researchers reported Tuesday. Koro, a tongue brand-new to the scientific world that is spoken by just 800 to 1,200 people, could soon face extinction as younger speakers abandon it […]

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Written By: Polyglottous on October 6, 2010 1 Comment

Stephanie’s my given name. Not much more to it; my mom chose it because she liked how it sounded. Rhythmically, it flows well with my middle and family names. Not to mention Stefanie Powers, renowned (heh) 80s actress of Hart to Hart fame, shares the name; my mom loved the show. I used to resent […]

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