Is “massive migration from the steppe … a source for Indo-European lan...

Feb 18, 2015 by

[I am deeply grateful to Martin W. Lewis for the inspiring discussions of, and extensive collaboration on, the issues examined here, as well as for editing the draft of this post.] The Biorxiv online has recently published an article...

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First Ever Online “Languages of the World” Course!

Feb 17, 2015 by

Dear Readers, If you’ve always wanted to take my “Languages of the World” course but couldn’t due to a busy schedule or being far from Stanford campus, now is your chance! Due to popular demand, for the first...

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More on “language as a vehicle for happiness”

Feb 17, 2015 by

A recent issue of PNAS Online contains an article by Peter Sheridan Dodd, Eric M. Clark and colleagues titled “Human language reveals a universal positivity bias”, which I have been asked to comment on. As I have already written...

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Language Endangerment: Ideology or Fact?

Feb 13, 2015 by

I have been asked by a former student to comment on the article by Katie Wudel “Languages Are Going Extinct Even Faster Than Species”, published in the Good magazine online. Contrary to the name of the magazine, the article is...

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Simple Verb Tenses in Old Church Slavonic

Feb 4, 2015 by

Verbs in Old Church Slavonic (OCS) are inflected for person (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) and number (singular, dual, or plural). There are three simple tenses (present, imperfect, and aorist) and three compound tenses (perfect, pluperfect, and...

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Introduction to Old Church Slavonic Conjugation

Feb 4, 2015 by

While nominal parts-of-speech, such as nouns and adjectives, decline, verbs conjugate. Each verb has a number of different forms, both tensed and non-tensed. There are three tenses in OCS: present, imperfect, and aorist. Note that...

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Palatalization in Old Church Slavonic

Jan 30, 2015 by

[For a discussion of the image, see the post in the LanguageHat blog.] In our examination of the Old Church Slavonic (OCS) declension system, we have noticed some peculiar consonant alternations, for example: člověkъ ‘man’...

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