More on the alleged correlation between “future tense” and “future-ori...

Oct 19, 2014 by

[Many thanks to Vitaliy Rayz for a helpful discussion!] In a study conducted a couple of years ago, Yale economist Keith Chen claims that there is a correlation, and even a causation relation, between the availability of “future...

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The Truly “Dark Side of the Subjunctive”

Oct 17, 2014 by

[Many thanks to Stephane Goyette, Olaf Koeneman, and Seth Johnston for helpful discussions related to this post!] In his TED video, Phuc Tran explores a Whorfian idea that English having a subjunctive and Vietnamese lacking it leads...

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The Altaic Family Controversy

Oct 16, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in March 2012] An earlier post described the less commonly spoken indigenous Siberian languages and suggested that they elude easy familial classification. The other languages of Siberia fall into...

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Abortion and Birth Control Practices Differ in Russia, Belarus, and Uk...

Oct 16, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in December 2012] While in Western countries the issue of abortion concerns the legality of pregnancy termination (and it is more generally a women’s rights issue), in Eastern Europe the high...

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Global Alcohol Consumption

Oct 16, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in March 2013] Having looked at the global patterns of consumption of milk and cheese, I will now take a look at alcohol consumption. As the maps on the left show, alcohol drinking habits vary...

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Are We “The United States of Smoking”?

Oct 16, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in March 2014] On March 14, 2014, The Washington Post online published an article by Reid Wilson entitled “The United States of smoking: The state with the most tobacco farms smokes most often”....

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Global Patterns of Tobacco-Related Economic Issues

Oct 16, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in July 2013] As noted in my previous post on global patterns of tobacco consumption, manufactured cigarettes remain the main way to consume tobacco worldwide despite the existence of alternative...

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