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Multilingual corpora
Thursday, July 30th, 2009

The JRC-Acquis Multilingual Parallel Corpus<\a>

Sound systems
Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Trubezkoy and Karcevski’s response to the call for the First International Congress: Every scientific description of the phonology of a language must above all include a characterization of its phonological system; i.e., a characterization of the repertory, pertinent to that language, of the distinctive contrasts among its acoustico-motor images.

Dante, On Vernacular Eloquence XVI
Monday, January 28th, 2008

I hold that what can be said of things that have quantity and quality is also true of any predicate whatever, and even of substances: in short, that everything can be measured, in so far as it belongs to a genus, by comparison with the simplest individual found in that genus. Therefore, when dealing with […]

Lisa Zsiga comments…
Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Lisa sent me this message (after trying to post a comment, and finding the blogomat wouldn’t let her post): Thanks for the response to my question. This is exactly the sort of discussion/clarification I was hoping to elicit. My issue was really that Steve Anderson seemed to be talking past much of what John said. […]

LSA Meeting 2008
Monday, January 7th, 2008

Steve Anderson gave the presidential address at the LSA meeting this past weekend—a lovely talk, with a great set of slides (what software did he use to make them?, I found myself wondering). Elizabeth Zsiga from Georgetown asked from the floor what he thought about the speaker who had championed the view that linguists should […]

Neo-Platonism, Neo-Pythagoreanism
Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Check out Mark Tegmark’s webpage: For example: The mathematical universe

You can’t understand the answer if you don’t understand the question.
Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

I hope someone said this before me. Let me know if you can point out who did. We educators think we should spend most of our time teaching the answers that brilliant minds have found. And that is surely right, and it is a great pleasure to both the teacher and the student to study […]

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind. It may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts, […]

Thank God it’s …
Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

From Morgan Sonderegger: Google hits for “Thank God It’s..” Monday: 58600 Tuesday: 547 Wednesday: 2270 Thursday: 578 Friday: 415000 Saturday: 4880 Sunday: 5900

Refereeing failures: interesting article
Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

Anne-Wil Harzing offers some interesting observations on failures of academic refereeing. This paper is definitely worth reading: link.