Archive for April, 2005


Friday, April 29th, 2005

This morning while I was waiting for Ms Nakata at Joyo Bank to put through some overseas bank transfer paperwork for me, I slipped across the intersection to Tenchido and picked up a copy of YUKI’s JOY album. I saw her do a guest VJ/interview spot with Teppei on MTV back a few weeks […]

I’m watching and deleting as fast as you post, stupid!

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

Oh, sorry. Just me talking to a senseless comment-spambot…or senseless comment spammer…doesn’t make much difference, the senseless part is the same in either case.

Does anyone remember Vera Lynn?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

No? How about Vanessa J. Smith, then?
Nah? Me, neither. Bint seems to think she knows me though, and my needs, ’cause she keeps trying to sell me a wide range of products, from electrical products to “enhancers” for both performance and size, to hair care and regeneration ointments and, now, Macintosh software!
Listen, folks, […]

I am 30% Jehovah’s Witness!

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

If you’re in the mood for a bit of silly and slagging off a major(?) “religion” (always!), take the quiz yourself.
Linked from Nothing going, friend of Call Me Ishmael, who commented on a really incomprehensible blog, Secrets of the Universe, whose owner had commented on Avoidinglife, which is cross-linked with Biffa’s Blog. (I can’t […]

Um…not to beg the question, but…

Monday, April 25th, 2005

Richard Sproat and Shalom Lappin have issued a “Challenge to the Minimalist Community” (Linguist List, 16.1156) to produce, by May 2008, a working P&P parser.
Um, that’s all well and good, but aren’t we missing the point here a bit?
Learning program parsers deal only in lists of example sentences. Heaven only knows what a P&P […]


Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

No, this isn’t a post on the topic of umami that has recently held interest elsewhere (here and here).
In footnote 6 of “On Phases” (p. 2 in the .doc copy I have), Chomsky writes:
… Despite repeated clarification, MP is often taken to be a hypothesis about language or a new approach to language, displacing earlier […]


Sunday, April 17th, 2005

Lower forms of life, especially the vegetative, don’t count for much in this country. I’m often shocked and appalled by the slash and prune (but mostly slash) approach to landscaping I see here. It puts into serious question, at least in my mind, all the hype about the Japanese and their being in […]

Oh my god, they’re onto me!

Sunday, April 17th, 2005

As part of the ongoing reorganization of the university, the College of Humanities (provisional title?) has introduced two new frameworks for the location of teaching staff within the organization. One has to do with the courses we teach, so it looks like I will end up in with the other Linguistics teachers. The […]

Keitai Attendance

Friday, April 15th, 2005

I first read about this on the Japanlang blog (here) and am planning on trying it out for myself first semester of the coming academic year (starts next month, here in the Land of Ten Thousand Gods).
My implementation will be as follows: During the first session for each course I’ll give the students a […]

Umm…a small question…

Wednesday, April 13th, 2005

Why has it never occurred to anyone to question the relevance of the real, human “biolinguistic” genetic endowment to a theory which deals in the language “competency” of an idealized speaker/hearer.
“On Phases” is turning out to be a hoot, indeed.
(More to come, of course!)


Tuesday, April 12th, 2005

The Ono town website’s page on the Thousand Natsui Sakura Trees is giving tomorrow as the date for the kaika (開花) there. I hope I get a chance to go through sometime during the season again this year.

Chomsky “On Phases”

Monday, April 11th, 2005

Someone with a ripe sense of humor (obviously) has anonymously sent me a copy of Rev Noam’s latest movement. It looks to be quite ripe as well.
“…the biolinguistic perspective that began to take shape fifty years ago.” (emphasis mine)
… ??? !!!
WTF is he on about with that?
I’m almost amused enough to consider doing […]


Sunday, April 10th, 2005

A while back I was looking for some information on binary star systems (in connection with my ongoing interest in the Celestia simulation program) and came across a strange link bearing a name I recognized from my days in the masters program at OSU.
Seems this guy has become involved in promoting a theory that purports […]

This again?

Thursday, April 7th, 2005

Mark Liberman posted an article to Language Log yesterday mentioning the work of Tadanobu Tsunoda, he of the “Japanese and English differ by lateralization of vowel sounds so We Japanese hear semi as a beautiful voice of nature while Westerners hear only bothersome bug buzzings” theory fame.
I first learned of Tsunoda’s theory from the Scientific […]

Online Backgammon Spam?

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

I used to like to play backgammon; been years since I have, though.
Weeeell, while I lay sleeping…some comment spammer tried to post a comment of about 30 lines. “Tried” being the operant item, there.
Get a life. Tool.
(Someone also tried to post an advert for Canadian drugs. I don’t know, but drugs isn’t one […]