Is Esperanto simple and easy?

Aug 8, 2014 by

In my previous post, I maintained that the notion of “simplicity” (and “complexity”) when applied to language is far from being simple. At least two kinds of simplicity need to be distinguished: simplicity of learning (what I...

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On Simple Languages and Simple-Minded Conclusions

Aug 1, 2014 by

In his Esperanto-language article “Ĉu Esperanto estas simpla kaj facila?” (Is Esperanto simple and easy?), published in Libera Folio, Jouko Lindstedt, Professor of Slavonic Philology at the University of Helsinki, makes an...

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Israel’s Growing Arms Export

Jul 23, 2014 by

The Jewish Standard notes today that “the shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines flight over Ukraine has led airlines across the globe to consider investing in … anti-missile systems [produced by Israel's Elbit Systems]...

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Na’vi and Dothraki

Jul 18, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in January 2012] Although Klingon is by far the best known example of a “sci-fi language”, it is not the only one. Two more recent examples of languages artificially created for sci-fi films...

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Klingon

Jul 18, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in January 2012] While the alter-worlds of the sci-fi literature and film may not always be geographically accurate, if not “positively simple-minded”, as Martin Lewis puts it, they do a little...

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Is It English or Engelsk?—part 3

Jul 15, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in January 2013] The previous two posts (see here and here) have examined the much-tout paper by Jan Terje Faarlund and Joseph Emonds purporting to show that English is a Scandinavian rather than...

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Is It English or Engelsk?—part 2

Jul 15, 2014 by

[This post was originally published on GeoCurrents in January 2013] In the previous post, we began to examine the claim, made recently by Jan Terje Faarlund and Joseph Emonds, that Modern English is a Scandinavian language rather than...

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