Say “Cheese”!

Sep 29, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in March 2013] As noted in my earlier post, dairy consumption is a predominantly European tradition, due to higher levels of lactase persistence (that is, ability of adults to process lactose, a...

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Global Geography of Milk Consumption and Lactose (In)Tolerance

Sep 29, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in March 2013] To follow up on the recent GeoNote on wine, beer, and cider consumption in France in 1870s, let’s consider the worldwide spatial patterns of another drink—milk. To North...

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What will you have: tea or chai?

Sep 28, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in August 2012] A cup of steaming-hot tea on my desk made me wonder about the names for this drink in different languages: in Russian we call it chaj, but most other languages I know—English,...

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The New Journal of Linguistic Geography from Cambridge University Pres...

Sep 27, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in December 2013] It is not very often that my attention is captured by a title of an academic journal, but the newly established Journal of Linguistic Geography did just that. Published by...

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On Dr Zhivago, Genitive Case of Adjectives, and the 1918 Russian Ortho...

Sep 22, 2014 by

[Thanks to John Gorentz for challenging me with a question that prompted this post] Dr Zhivago by Boris Pasternak is one of the better-known works of Russian literature in the West. In a recent article about the novel in the London...

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New “Mixed” Language Discovered in Northern Australia

Sep 22, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in June 2013] A recent article by Denise Chow reports the discovery of a “new mixed language” in Northern Australia by Carmel O’Shannessy, a professor in the department of linguistics at the...

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Are Words Just Like Genes?

Sep 20, 2014 by

[Thanks to Rory van Tuyl for drawing my attention to Morell's article and to Martin Lewis for many enlightening discussions of these issues and for helpful editorial suggestions] In an article published on September 19, 2014 in...

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