Israel and Iran Before the Revolution: A Not-So-Secret Marriage of Con...

Apr 18, 2015 by

[This post was originally published in September 2013] With the growing enmity between Israel and Iran and the Israeli concerns about Iran potentially acquiring a nuclear bomb, it seems unimaginable that just a few decades ago...

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Iran’s Nuclear Program—And the Possibility of a Military Strike

Apr 12, 2015 by

[This post was originally published on GeoCurrents in November 2013] As the international community continues to put pressure on Iran in order to curb its nuclear program, numerous questions arise: Is Iran’s nuclear development...

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Sounds and Sound Systems Around the World: An Brief Overview

Apr 7, 2015 by

Human languages use great many different speech sounds, but no single language uses them all. To hear various speech sounds and to see International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols that represent them, visit here. Each language...

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The Fast-Disappearing Ninilchik Russian of Alaska—And Some of Its Ling...

Apr 6, 2015 by

Several followers of this blog and I have been discussing an article about the work of Andrei Kibrik (Moscow State University) and Mira Bergelson (The Higher School of Economics, Moscow) on “an antiquated dialect of Russian …...

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Paleolithic Continuity Theory: Assumptions and Problems

Apr 2, 2015 by

As I have discussed in my earlier posts, the Steppe (Kurgan) and Anatolian hypotheses of Indo-European homeland remain the strongest contenders (the Balkano-Carpathian theory is another stronger candidate, to which I am hoping to...

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The Anatomy of “Touching”

Mar 20, 2015 by

The verb ‘to touch’ in Russian—kasat’sja and its perfective counterpart kosnut’sja—is a very peculiar one, in several respects. To begin with, it is unusual in having the clitic -sja, without any of the meanings typically...

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On healthy, wholesome “kissing”

Mar 13, 2015 by

In one of the lectures I am now filming for the online “Languages of the World” course, I discuss the issue of language relatedness, stressing that common descent is not always apparent or conspicuous. Case in point is the...

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