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  • Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?
    Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?-Noam Chompsky ponders what most accept as givens
    As for great minds of the 20th Century, and into the 21st, Noam Chompsky must place near the top of this very short list. Originally educated as a linguist, his interests and expertise grew to encompass subjects as far reaching as philosophy,...
  • Father and Son
    What is meant by supernatural, preternatural, and paranormal?
    It is agreed in linguistics, to various degrees, that words must always be interpreted in their own immediate context, and then subsequently brought over to their broader surrounding contexts, if we wish—at all— to properly discover...
  • This marketing campaign had too much bull for customers
    This marketing campaign had too much bull for customers
    “Matador” has a glamorous image to Americans as the powerful figure in the bull fighting arena. When American Motors put the name on one of their cars the good people of Puerto Rico were reluctant to buy them. Click here to find out...
  • Robo-flies
    Robo-bugs, atomic movie, Jamestown horror, autism treatment, weird old jellies
    Robo-flies (Science News)Harvard engineers have created flying robots the size of mosquitoes. They are too small to have on-board power or controls; they're driven by external electric fields. They were designed as a way of studying the flight...
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    Associated Press disallows the term 'illegal immigrant'
    On Tuesday, the Associated Press announced it will no longer allow its writers to use the term "illegal immigrant" to describe undocumented foreigners residing in the United States. The AP Stylebook is perhaps the media's most...
  • Edith Maxwell writes mysteries as Tace Baker
    Lifelong Quaker writes murder mysteries
    Edith Maxwell loves writing fiction. She also has a black belt in karate and has travelled the globe. She said, “I have lived overseas in Brazil, Japan, France, Mali, and Burkina Faso, and have been a Quaker for most of my adult life.&rdquo...
  • David Foster Wallace
    Bringing chaos to politics through a manipulation of the language
    When I first heard of aman named Noam Chomsky, I learned that he was regarded as the father of modern linguistics, and I learned that he was a powerful force in America today. I initially regarded Chomsky, and the field of linguistics, as...
  • The Shrike
    A way to read dead people.
    To me one aspect I cherish about studying literature in Monterey is the strange ability of a work to offer meanings and insights to a reader the author did not intended. Over the course of my scholarly studies it has become my opinion that the...
  • The Tower of Babel
    An introduction to linguistics : What is language?
    Language is the means with which we convey information from one person to the other. According to this definition there will always be two players in the language game, and it's important that they both have an understanding of "the rules...
  • Tower of Babel
    Walking the Talk Right Out of Africa
    If studies released todayby Dr. Quentin D. Atkinson, a biologist at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, are correct, a huge breakthrough in the study of language origins has been made.Until the present, the vast majority of studies to...
  • Susan Wiley
    Ancestry of Susan Wiley "Genie, Secret of the Wild Child"
    A girl who had been socially isolated for at least ten years, was discoverd in 1970 in the Los Angeles area. Called "Genie" by scientists, her real name is Susan Wiley. An in-depth biography of her may be read at my article "Genie...
  • Learning Spanish
    Learning Spanish: Beginning to Advanced
    Spanish is one of the romantic languages spoken in many countries in Latin America and Europe. Whether you want to learn for business, school or simply interest, you will find lessons from beginning to advance concepts in this article series...
  • Global Linguistic Flows
    Book Review: Alim, Ibrahim, and Pennycook's (2009) Global linguistic flows
    While this book came out over two years ago, it is certainly a timeless classic. Alim, Ibrahim, and Pennycook, three powerhouse researchers, have a unique synergy that makes this much needed text cutting edge and empirically grounded.“Global...
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    Palin's Accidental Coinage "Word of the Summer", Merriam-Webster Reports
    Merriam-Webster Dictionary, reports that the most-searched word using their website this summer was Sarah Palin’s made-up word refudiate, giving it Word Of The Summer status. (Read my previous article about Palin's coinage.) Since...
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    Flexitarian vegetarians? What are those?
    We all know that vegetarians do not eat meat, but what do flexitarians eat? Modeled on the word vegetarian, a flexitarian is someone who is a “flexible vegetarian” – a vegetarian who will generally avoids but will occasionally...