Archive for the 'Research Related' Category

Hot Arab Women With Large Breasts!

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Will NOT be found anywhere on this website.
But you’d be surprised how many people seem to be ending up here as a result of googling for them.
So I thought it would be interesting to see what this post does to my hits over the next few days.
(I’m adding the “Breast-soothing” category tag, which is supposed […]

Methodological quandary

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

I teach my students in my grammar classes that the English verb has six forms—the infinitive (Vinf), the general present (V+0), the third-person singular present (Vs), the past (Ved), present participle (Ving) and past participle (Ven). I point out that regular (weak) verbs have only four distinct forms (Vinf=V+0, Vs, Ved=Ven, and Ving) and that […]


Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

“All interpretation is translation.”
In a certain sense.
Talking to some of the seniors in the student lounge yesterday reminded me of this line from something years ago.
(Maybe one day I’ll finish it….)

Arabic Broken Plurals

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

Don’t panic, the title has nothing whatsoever to do with the content of this post! Just trying to relive some of the fun of my old D&D “chaotic evil” characteristic. (But in case you are curious about this feature of Semitic morphology, or ended up here via googling, see this Wikipedia article for the basics.)
No, […]

Hee hee

Monday, September 25th, 2006

From xkcd via Chris’s.

(Pseudo-)Scientific Foundations

Monday, September 11th, 2006

Has anyone else been struck by the similiarities between Chomsky’s musings on “The Galilean Revolution” and the earlier period of meta-theory investigations comparing the strengths and merits of context-free vs. context-sensitive grammars? Does this have any implications for the future of the current theory? (Oh, I’m sorry, “program”. It’s not concrete enough yet to be […]

Problems in Sththru Syntax

Friday, March 17th, 2006

In preparation for the xenobiolinguistics lecture I will be giving on the evening of the first of next month, I have been considering a rather thorny issue in the syntax of Modern Sththru.
Most speakers of Standard Modern Sththru agree that the following sentence is perfectly grammatical:
(1) Hruqsthaththa rruthu qa qa tuTashthlaq taq qtluq.
The same informants, […]


Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

During last night’s “marathon” (I HATE MEETINGS I HATE MEETINGS I HATE MEETINGS!!! 4:30 to 6:00 turning into almost 10:00 is NOT REASONABLE!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAH!), one of the NJS teachers came out with something that snapped me back to attention.
She was cruising along, doing that J-discourse thang, had her J-talk groove on, WHATEVER, and in the […]

Presentation is everything!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

I’ve received a reply from the moderators of LINGUIST List re my response on the voices in pottery. Evidently they didn’t like the way I expressed myself:
We appreciate your keen insight into this matter. Thank you for alerting us to this possible hoax and giving us the links to the discussions about the subject.
We […]

Credo quia absurdum

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Someone just posted to LINGUIST List about “6500-year-old voices recorded in pottery!”
Ahem. Come on, people, they’re not just for placing purdy hats and thingses on anymore: use them correctly.
Or at least use your browser and check around a bit first, eh?
(My reply has not come through yet.)

Sic transit magister magnus

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

When I logged in to check my uni mail earlier, I saw a post on LINGUIST List announcing the passing of phonetician Peter Ladefoged. He was 80.
I never met the man personally (although I do seem to recall having seen him at a conference once) but we used his book in the introductory phonetics class […]

The Tale of Genji and World of Waka

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

Anyone planning on attending this “international symposium”? It’s on Saturday, January 14 between 1:00 and 5:00, in the large conference room on the 12th floor of the General Research Bldg (Bldg No 14) on the Shibuya campus of Aoyama Gakuin University. Free admission. More info here.
Just wondering….

Borgesian Tanka

Monday, December 12th, 2005

Somewhere in an alternate universe, Jorge Luis sits quietly in a hexagonal gallery lined with books, sadly shaking his head….
In lieu of being able to announce any substantive progress on The CJ MorphAnalyzer*, I offer a silly little divertissement, not completely unrelated, as you shall see, for your possible amusement.
So without further ado…
Japanese Tanka poems […]

CJMA Project Update

Monday, December 5th, 2005

I’m terrible at keeping my word…for instance, I wrote last week that I wasn’t going to do anything more on the Analyzer until today (Monday).
I lied. I messed around with it enough over the weekend to convince myself that it was the HTML template module that was screwing things up. (Thanks for the hint, zengargoyle!)
So […]

Pot and Kettle?

Sunday, December 4th, 2005

Brilliant piece on A Roguish Chrestomathy via Languagehat and Language Log. (Look out for the contrary comment by someone we all know.)
I’m wondering, though, if no one else sees the irony in linguists being in opposition to ID.
After all, mainstream Linguistics for the last 50 years has certainly been no stranger to pseudoscience, right? Biolinguistic […]