Gagauz, the Turkic-Speaking Minority of Moldova

Dec 14, 2014 by

The recent parliamentary election that took place in Moldova on 30 November 2014 has drawn my attention to an often-overlooked ethno-linguistic group: the Gagauz. As can be seen from the ElectoralGeography.com map reproduced on the...

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Language, Thought, Culture: A Reassessment

Dec 11, 2014 by

For the past ten weeks or so, my students in “Language & Mind” course and I have investigated the links between language, thought, and culture. In the first half of the course, we have re-examined the Whorf-Sapir hypothesis by...

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Re-Branding Soviet-Jewish Nostalgia—Jewish Culture That Never Was

Dec 4, 2014 by

A few weeks ago, I attended a most interesting talk by Prof. Anna Shternshis of University of Toronto, who presented her research on the ways that elements of Jewish culture are re-branded and marketed in today’s Russia. This post...

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The Elusive Roma and their Linguistic Legacy

Nov 26, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in June 2012.] Several countries have recently seen an escalation of anti-Gypsy violence: Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Romania. Some Romanian MPs have even attempted to officially drop...

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Karaites: Who Are They, and Where Do They Live?

Nov 26, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in April 2013.] A GeoCurrents post on why Russian Jews are not Russian generated a discussion of Karaite Judaism, so now we are taking a closer look at this fascinating group. Like the Samaritans,...

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Comments on “23 Maps and Charts on Language”

Nov 21, 2014 by

Recently, a reader drew my attention to a collection of 23 maps and charts on language, asking me to write a commentary on these materials. As I have already discussed many of these graphic materials in previous posts, here is a...

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