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Down the hill comes a bear rug: the non-autonomy of syntax

I’m walking up the hill to the lab the other day.  It’s a long hill, and I’m old and fat, so I usually stop to catch my breath halfway up.   1,466 more words

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I gave my first stand-up-in-front-of-complete-strangers-and-talk-about-your-research sort of talk in the early 1990s.  My advisor wasn’t able to come to the Linguistics Society of America meeting with us that year, so she asked Sun-Ah Jun, one of her senior students,  to ride herd over us youngsters.   1,753 more words

Dinner at Huazhong Agricultural University

Il naquit une fois au centre de la Chine une vachette. Elle aima sa maman, et sa maman l’aima. Elle passa son enfance en jouant avec ses amis, en vadrouillant dans la pâture, en découvrant le goût, si doux, du mélilot. 573 more words

Roommates, Mars landings, and the descriptive/prescriptive contrast in linguistics

The topic of conversation over lunch today: is there, or is there not, a feminine form of the word for “roommate?”  Someone used the word… 2,204 more words

Tutelary gods and how to use "tout"

I’m a big believer in tutelary gods.  These are the local deities that rule over or protect a place.  You could make a good case that part of the reason that Judiasm was able to survive its exile from its place of origin was that the original idea of its typically Fertile Crescent god–he lived on top of a particular hill, and in order to really worship him properly, you had to go there–changed to an idea of an… 1,585 more words

Build your own chrestomathy

It’s two days until your French test and you just discovered that there’s an entire agreement phenomenon that you’ve never heard of before.  Chrestomathies to the rescue! 

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Cataphora, pro-VP, and why my office is so messy

I know it’s not cool to do so, but I still read on paper.  I like to take a few articles and sit on the couch outside my office with a cup of coffee and a highlighter.  1,055 more words