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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The Geography of the “Onion” Vocabulary

Sep 18, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in January 2013] [Thanks to Diane Nelson, David Pesetsky, Steven Lubman, Alex Dratva, Alexei Kassian, Hsin-Chang Chen, and Ruta Nylander for their help in researching this post.] Examining the...

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The New York Times’ List of Potential New Countries, and Others As Wel...

Sep 18, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in September 2013] About a year ago, two New York Times journalists, Frank Jacobs and Parag Khanna, wrote an opinion article listing eleven potential new countries that they expect to emerge in the...

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Belarusian Language

Sep 8, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in March 2014.] The recent post on the status of the Ukrainian and the Russian languages in Ukraine has generated a discussion of the status of the third—yet often disregarded—East Slavic...

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The Origins of Yiddish—A Response to Philologos, Part Fir

Sep 5, 2014 by

[Many thanks to Merlin Dorfman for bringing the Philologos’ essay to my attention and to Martin W. Lewis for his helpful comments and corrections to this post! I am also grateful to Olaf Koeneman, George Walkden, Stephane Goyette,...

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The Origins of Yiddish—A Response to Philologos, Part Dray

Aug 26, 2014 by

[NOTE TO READERS: This post is part 3 of a mini-series on the origins of Yiddish. The concluding part 4 will be published after a short summer break, in the week after Labor Day.] [Many thanks to Merlin Dorfman for bringing the...

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The Origins of Yiddish—A Response to Philologos, Part Tsvey

Aug 23, 2014 by

[Many thanks to Merlin Dorfman for bringing the Philologos’ essay to my attention and to Martin W. Lewis for his helpful comments and corrections to this post! I am also grateful to Olaf Koeneman and George Walkden for their...

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