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On The Ambiguity Of Color Politics

On a recent drive I took a couple of days ago to The Dalles, I saw two billboards, one on the way there in the rural hinterlands of Portland and one on the way back, in Eastern Portland itself on … Continue reading

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It’s Hard To Say What You Mean

It is striking just how often communication becomes an issue in life. Today was, like many days for me, even as someone who does not necessarily interact with very many people personally over the course of day, a day that … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Stuff Of Thought

The Stuff Of Thought: Language As A Window Into Human Nature, by Steven Pinkler This book is a good deal less polemical than I thought it would be, and that is definitely for the best. Even if this book is … Continue reading

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Book Review: The First Word

The First Word: The Search For The Origins Of Language, by Christine Kenneally In many ways this book is a bit of a tease. The author demonstrates her lack of understanding about science by assuming that well-designed computer models offer … Continue reading

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The Things That Would Have Been Said

I often ponder the missed conversations and missed opportunities for interaction that exist. What would have been said and done had things taken place that ended up not happening because they were canceled? This may not be a problem normally, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Babel: Around The World In Twenty Languages

Babel: Around The World In Twenty Languages, by Gaston Dorren This is a deeply interesting book, but it’s not really as diverse as one would think. The author explores the top twenty languages in terms of the number of speakers, … Continue reading

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When Everything Fits Together

One of the most fortunate things that can happen when one is planning a message or doing songleading for services is when everything fits together. This does not always happen, although it is seldom the case that people devote their … Continue reading

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On The Importance Of The Lengths Of Words

One of the odd tricks that one learns when one is increasing one’s vocabulary in any language is that the length of words is an important clue to the complexity of its meaning. Words that are short are fundamental and … Continue reading

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On The Vulnerability And Ubiquity Of Implicit Contracts

Recently, I talked about unspoken conversations, and explored some of the reason why it was that so much was said implicitly between people but never actually said out loud because the conditions for those conversations did not exist.  It is … Continue reading

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On The Relationship Between Reading And Writing And Grammar

It is perhaps unsurprising that reading and writing and grammar have all been taught at the same time.  In many ways these tasks are interrelated together.  Reading is one of the main ways that we gain information (and misinformation) about … Continue reading

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