Linguistics

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Thought of the day: Comprehensive Guide to What Matters

14 Mar 2022 1 minute read 0 comments VVoytila

Does x matter? They ask rhetorically, with tired innuendo. Well, it depends on the context, however here is a very short guide to what may and may not matter in the eye of the beholder. The test is simple: is there a word for it? There is a reason wh...

Can culture constrain grammar? The Pirahã and their world without numbers

10 Jun 2020 8 minute read 0 comments Kirilum

Pirahã is the indigenous language of the Pirahã tribe. The tribe resides along the banks of the Maici River in the Amazon. With an approximated three-hundred recorded speakers, this language is inevitably unique. Pirahã is one of the most phonologica...

Myths vs Reality. #2 Christmas. #1 The brain basics. A. Metaphorical brain

10 Mar 2020 13 minute read 0 comments alexbiojs

  (the overall image was created by me by combining the images from Pixabay, namely: Flying reindeers, Santa and a reindeer, An Elf, Christmas attributes) As mentioned in the previous post (by the way, pay attention to the Disclaimer provided there),...

The emperor's new clothes, or "newspeak"

2 Feb 2020 2 minute read 0 comments Mumriken

Many seem to believe that if we only use another word for something derogatory, it will be much less so. We have had this development with words like "cleaning staff" who are now called "sanitary technicians", still doing the same very important work...