Language Mapping, a walk-through

We can read classic grammars and think if we could picture their rules and definitions working as in the picture below.


Larry Selinker’s interlanguage

If you learn two tongues, you actually develop a third nobody can get, claims professor Larry Selinker.

Mark Twain and Emily Dickinson did not have it right?


Apples grow on noses: two languages, two minds?

Boy eating bread

Catherine de Lange says she speaks two languages and it is like having two minds. She gives children tasks on syntax to show that people differ mentally, owing to language.


How to grind effective

Book tunnel

In Prague, people made a book tunnel, of old copies. Some describe it as a well of wisdom. Mirrors give an illusion it never ends. It is altogether about 5 meters or 16 feet. To me, it tells to choose own matter.


A New People Come

Great Seal reverse

If the US Great Seal Novus Ordo Seclorum is a New Order of the Ages, could we have Romanticism before Enlightenment, and Renaissance only after?


Burning the Flag: where is the language?

Themis and the Flag

United States versus Eichman, United States versus Haggerty, Texas versus Johnson: all cases of Flag burning argued freedom of speech under the First Amendment.

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided that burning the Flag is legal, and even if they say or tell, flags do not speak.


Tongue entanglement

Learning language means you are submissive. Irish people speak English because the British brought the language, claims Diarmaid Ferriter.


No men, women, children, or houses with the PIE

Sanskrit, the “mother of tongues”, never named women or men. It did not give Earth its name, either.


My dear head

My dear head does not give me headaches. Should I write, “my dear Head …” ?


British grammar nazis

BGN logo

Disclaimer: the adjacent — and colored meaningfully yellow — graphic piffle is not intended to mean the Union Jack proper. It is the British Grammar nazis logo on Facebook.


Other places: The toolbox republic

Poland__Coat and color

Disclaimer: the “toolbox republic” is not to represent the name proper for the country. The correct name is the Polish Republic.


Pure nonsense remains cherished in Poland. Born in Poland — and no one ever has choice on the place — you cannot change your citizenship unless the President allows it, says a regulation.


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