Google Translate: a compilation of posts

May 1, 2015 by

[Note to readers: this post is a compilation of links to earlier posts on the topic of Google Translate] Google Translate vs. Human: 0:1 (March 26, 2010) Will “Google Conversation” really converse? (February 8, 2011) Google...

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Why Are There So Many Arabic Varieties?—And Traces of Roman Heritage i...

Apr 27, 2015 by

One of the question that keeps coming up in my online “Languages of the World” course is why languages diversify. As Ferdinand de Saussure explains in his Course in General Linguistics, language diversification is produced by the...

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What Did Proto-Indo-European Sound Like?—And How Can We Know?

Apr 26, 2015 by

[This post was originally published in October 2013] Archaeology magazine recently published an article entitled “Telling Tales in Proto-Indo-European”, which included a recording of a short text in Proto-Indo-European (PIE), the...

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Ukraine’s Ethnolinguistic Landscape—and Changing Attitudes towards Rus...

Apr 22, 2015 by

On April 20, 2015, I gave a lecture on the ethnolinguistic aspects of the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian conflict. The slides from the lecture can be seen here (they will remain available through the end of May only): PJCC_Ukraine After...

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Israel and Iran Before the Revolution: A Not-So-Secret Marriage of Con...

Apr 18, 2015 by

[This post was originally published in September 2013] With the growing enmity between Israel and Iran and the Israeli concerns about Iran potentially acquiring a nuclear bomb, it seems unimaginable that just a few decades ago...

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Iran’s Nuclear Program—And the Possibility of a Military Strike

Apr 12, 2015 by

[This post was originally published on GeoCurrents in November 2013] As the international community continues to put pressure on Iran in order to curb its nuclear program, numerous questions arise: Is Iran’s nuclear development...

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Sounds and Sound Systems Around the World: An Brief Overview

Apr 7, 2015 by

Human languages use great many different speech sounds, but no single language uses them all. To hear various speech sounds and to see International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols that represent them, visit here. Each language...

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