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Society mirrors language but ideals block the view

“What then is truth? A movable host of metaphors, metonymies, and; anthropomorphisms: in short, a sum of human relations which have been poetically and rhetorically intensified, transferred, and embellished, and which, after long usage, seem to a people to be fixed, canonical, and binding.

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Relocating Weekend

As I wrote last week, I have gotten a regional practicum. This means that I am after 10 hours of driving, somewhere halfway between my university and the school I will be working on for the coming six weeks. 225 more words


Society talks linguistics, dialects, ideologies and psychology

Sociolinguistics is the descriptive study of communication and language in the everyday. It is an observation of the expressions and uses of language in contemporary society, removed from judgement of improper use and cynicism. 927 more words

Inspire Me

Be a part of Linguistic History!

As you probably know, this blog is part of the Somerset Speaks project I’ve been running, which is looking at language change across Somerset.  To identify that change, I’m interviewing as many people as I can before the end of 2017.   330 more words


Language contacts in the Arctic

August 31 is the deadline for paper submissions to a congress in Moscow. Judging from the keynote speakers, this should be also very interesting for us anthropologists, because it’s not only about hard core linguistic studies, but very much about the cultural context in which speakers of different languages get into contact. 519 more words


Small languages: Part 1

The August 9th is the International Day of Indigenous Peoples. So I’m going to post some blogs about small languages.

Sometimes, people ask me how big a language has to be for us to translate the Bible into it. 552 more words

Bible Translation

What is language revitalization about? Some insights from Provence

by James Costa (Sorbonne Nouvelle / UMR LACITO (CNRS), Paris)

Should you find yourself in Provence this summer, you might wonder why some villages have bilingual signs at the entrance. 2,096 more words

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