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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Obituary: Last Speaker of Livonian Language Died Age 103

Jun 19, 2014 by

On June 5, 2013, The Times published a brief article on the death of the last speaker of Livonian, Grizelda Kristina, at the age of 103. While it is heartening to see a major popular media outlet taking notice of the issue of language...

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Ejectives, High Altitudes, and Grandiose Linguistic Hypotheses

Jun 18, 2014 by

[This post was written in collaboration with Martin W. Lewis and originally published on GeoCurrents in June 2013] Leading scientific journals and influential media outlets often favor research in linguistics that makes strong claims...

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Aramaic Revival in the Holy Land

Jun 3, 2014 by

Efforts are being made worldwide to stop the tide of language endangerment and extinction. One group that has recently made efforts to return to its linguistic roots is Christian Arabs of the Middle East. A campaign is now underway to...

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Is Learning a Foreign Language a Waste of Time?

Jun 3, 2014 by

In an op-ed piece entitled “What You (Really) Need to Know,” published in the New York Times in January 2012, Lawrence Summers, former president of Harvard University and former secretary of the Treasury, calls on universities to...

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New Maps of American English Dialects—But Are They Novel

Jun 3, 2014 by

Certain kinds of maps seem to have a perennial interest with the educated American reader. Maps pertaining to regional dialectal divisions, such as Rick Aschmann’s map of North American English dialects, are a prime example....

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