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How Old Is Azeri?

This morning I had the chance to read someone with a scholarly interest in the Azeri language talk about their own personal reflections of Azeri and its connection (via its shared particles with various other languages) and the implications of … Continue reading

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On The Strange Power Of Outsiders

It so happened that this evening I was interviewed by a random fledgling podcast host for a discussion about travel and languages and penpals and all, subjects I am interested in, and during the discussion I discussed some of the … Continue reading

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Holding On To The Old Things

Is it a bad thing to hold on to the old things? I do not think it is, but there is a general assumption that people have, at least among many I interact with, that it is a bad thing … Continue reading

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Book Review: Landscape And Memory

Landscape And Memory, by Simon Schama This is a deeply interesting book. That does not mean that I have any particular agreement about the author’s thoughts about the relationship of landscape and religion, because the author seems to view Christian … Continue reading

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It Sings To You, But Not To Me

One of the rankdown challenges I have participated in over the past few days is one that invites listeners to rank songs that were popular in the UK, Canada, or Australia that were not popular in the United States. I … Continue reading

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On The Productivity Of Theories

How do theories show themselves to be productive? As someone who reads a fair amount of material about linguistics, one often finds situations where writers seek to determine the deep relationships between long-separated languages as a way of showing the … Continue reading

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In The Ghetto

One of my more tedious online acquaintances is the sort of person who complains about the fate of hiphop music despite the fact that it remains vastly overrepresented on the charts in the United States. In listening to him complain … Continue reading

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Out Of Time

Many of the aspects of the contemporary world are highly time-dependent. If you get a news story from social media, it is already old news when it appears in your inbox as part of a news e-mail the next day. … Continue reading

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On The Yinzer Diaspora

From time to time I am reminded of the field of diaspora study, and usually my own personal role in such matters. It is not something I think about on a daily basis, but it is something that tends to … Continue reading

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On The Clout Economy

There is a lawyer who has gotten an entire secondary income and reputation in encouraging rappers to stop self-snitching who records humorous but also poignant videos discussing how it is that rappers get themselves into trouble by telling on themselves. … Continue reading

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