“The Game” Is On—And They Get Russian (Mostly) Right!

Dec 1, 2014 by

Long-time readers of my blog know that I tend to kvetch about the ways that Russian is represented in books and films. But I have finally found a show that I not only like, but can also praise for their remarkably well-done Russian...

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Does Basque Descend from Dogon?

Nov 28, 2014 by

I was recently asked to comment on media reports about the work of Basque linguist Jaime Martín Martín that purports to show that Basque descended from a West African language, Dogon. The Ethnologue classifies Dogon as 19 distinct...

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When Did Roma Leave India?—New Discovery or Corroboration of Old Theor...

Nov 26, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in January 2013.] (Thanks to Yaron Matras for his help with researching this post.) As was highlighted in my earlier mini-series on the history of English, popular media reports on scientific issues...

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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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Comments solicited on Languages of the World: An Introduction

Nov 20, 2014 by

Dear Readers, As I am working on the second edition of my Languages of the World: An Introduction, I would like to hear from readers, and especially from instructors who used the book in their courses. Comments, criticisms and...

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