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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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 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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