Category Archives: Language & Linguistics

Caveat: Anumpa Tosholi

In the morning, Arthur and I took a walk down the road. Only a half-a-mile down the road, there is the Choctaw Nation Capitol and Museum. This is Native American country, and Dean and Pam’s farm is nestled up against … Continue reading

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Caveat: My almost brother

I call Eugene my “almost” brother. He was an exchange student from Kazakhstan in the early 1990s, living with my dad and stepmother in Southern California, at the time when my brother Andrew was a teenager. Eugene has been a … Continue reading

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Caveat: Rrrr rr rrrrr!

There is a thing called "International Talk Like a Pirate Day" (ITLAP Day), on September 18th each year. It's not even a new thing – I remember hearing it discussed on the radio when I was still living and working … Continue reading

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Caveat: Old School Blog

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Caveat: Yáahl

Yáahl Yáahl uu st'igáalaan, hal st'i'áwyaagaan. 'Wáadluu xíl hal tlaahláayaan. Gut'iláa k'íit k'uts hal ts'asláangaan. 'Wáadluu sáng kwáan hal néilaan gyaan hal 'lagáalaan Asgáayst hal xitgwáangaan táawk uu hal diyáangaan. 'Wáadluu, chíin kwáan gándlaay aa hal táagaan. Hal sk'ísdlaayaan gyaan … Continue reading

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Caveat: 스무th

Today at work I saw a student (I’m not sure who) had added a comment to one of my whiteboard alligators. They gave the “annoyed alligator” something to say, with a speech bubble. What he was saying was, “스무th” [seumu-th] … Continue reading

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Caveat: Fine, thank you. And you?

This Japanese TV commercial is quite funny. The cultural issues surrounding English education mean that the scenario applies equally well in Korea. Even the students who learn almost zero English nevertheless know how to answer, "Fine, thank you. And you?" … Continue reading

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Caveat: nosostres…

This video (in the embedded tweet, below) is interesting to me, not because I necessarily would want to make any kind of linguistic prescription vis-a-vis the Spanish language, but rather because it represents a spontaneous, "folk-linguistic" solution to the the … Continue reading

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Caveat: Alternate view

This is really true. [daily log: walking, 7km]

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Caveat: Foki Afa Galande

What I'm listening to right now. Heilung, "Krigsgaldr." This looks like part of some weird Scandinavian neo-Paganist thing. But it is interesting. I find these "back-to-roots" European nativist movements culturally intriguing, but feel it's regrettable the way they get coopted … Continue reading

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Caveat: 吉降下

"Teacher, what's your name in Korean?" …One possible answer, but not the most easily explained or accepted (though it does, by chance, conform to the two-syllable requirement), would be to look to the Biblical passage where the name "Jared" makes … Continue reading

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Caveat: Consult the Authority

"Dictionary, n. A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic." – Ambrose Bierce [daily log: walking, 7km]

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Caveat: touched by His Boolean Appendage

The Speculative Grammarian site has this very clever and utterly wrathful satire of the crypto-creationists' "Intelligent Design theory", here. Given the site it's on, bear in mind that it's a rewrite of the ID theory transferred from biology to linguistics, … Continue reading

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Caveat: Poem #600

my nam yu noalligayturi want tu etea mungki, shur,or stoodents, yum,in ther nise hausbut meenwile thoi lik the maus – This poem is in a completely new form, recently emergent from internet memedom, called "bredlik." In fact it's a pretty … Continue reading

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Caveat: Non lo sbagli più

So these guys made a pop song in Italian complaining about people's failure to use the subjunctive properly. On the one hand, this is grammar peevery, and thus a linguist (such as I pretend to be on occasion) can't really … Continue reading

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Caveat: 카롱마

My student Jiwon emailed her homework to me with the following subject line: 카롱마 [karongma]. This is evidently a play on the name of the hagwon (afterschool academy) where I work: 카르마 [kareuma], which is itself a Korean representation of … Continue reading

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Caveat: en es ko

Well, it took me more than six months to get around to it, but over this past weekend I finally resurrected my Linux desktop. I had managed to break it while trying to expand the size of the linux OS … Continue reading

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Caveat: So it is written on the thin paper

There is an immense epic poetic tradition in Tibet and Central Asia about a mythical King Gesar. There are thousands of variants in dozens of diverse languages and cultures, and the King seems to not really have been a specific … Continue reading

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Caveat: Aillucinations (Pseudosystematic significance)

When an AI (artificial intelligence) hallucinates, what shall we call it? I suggest aillucinations. These AIs are not really that smart, though. Useful, yes, and intriguing, in a science-fictiony sort of way. But they have a long ways to go. … Continue reading

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Caveat: Эти облака – фиолетовая вата

что я слушаю сейчас. Элджей & Feduk, “Розовое вино.” текст песни. Вступление: – Я похож на птицу! – На принца? – На принца или на орла. Эй! Я беру вторую бутылку розового вина. Припев: Feduk Здесь так красиво, я перестаю … Continue reading

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