Category Archives: Miscellaneous

St. Nicholas – Sinterklaas – Santa Claus

Did you know that Santa Claus and Sinterklaas are one and the same person – St. Nicholas? Dear All, Children all over the world wait for the Wonderworker who comes each year, around the same period, and brings something for them and sometimes even plays with them. In North America this person is known as …

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Sir Richard Francis Burton spoke 24 languages

  Did you know that Sir Richard Francis Burton spoke at least 24 languages?       Sir Richard Francis Burton was the translator of “The Arabian Nights” into English and a polyglot. The languages he spoke are: Amharic, Arabic, Aramaic, Asante, Egba, English, Fan, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindustani (Sindhi and Urdu), Icelandic, Italian, …

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Linguistic humour

Dear All, The quote above by Friedrich von Schlegel calls upon bringing together the world of science and humanities. Indeed, some of the greatest discoveries were made at the intersection of disciplines. For example, radio galaxies were found through the combined analysis of radio and optical data. What can unite sciences and humanities? The answer …

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URL (link) shortener

Dear All, Have you ever tried to copy a link to share with your students, colleagues or fellow students and the link takes half a page with a lot of strange symbols? It may still work well if you send it electronically, but what if you want to print it and to include in a …

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Irradiation and learning

Dear All, An old Latin proverb says “Mens sana in corpore sano” or “Healthy spirit in a healthy body”. This proverb underlines the importance of physical health for one’s spiritual life. In my opinion, it is equally applicable to the process of learning. In order to learn something it is important to be healthy because …

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Independent and dependent variables

Dear All, When we conduct a linguistic research, we usually work with a number of variables some of which are independent and some are dependent. This post defines these two types of variables. An independent variable is what is given (e.g. age, sex, social class, geographical location, occupation), the “input”. An dependent variable is what …

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Healthier and longer life

Dear All, Many centuries, across different cultures people have been looking for a way to make our lives healthier and longer. Well, modern medicine has partially succeeded in this by helping to prolong our lives to a limited extent. But what about the quality of life? How to make it not only longer, but also …

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Linguistic Web tool

Hello Everyone! Today I would like to share with you quite an interesting linguistic tool. It is called Reverso. Reverso can be useful to people who are interested in linguistic matters such as: translation, conjugation, spelling, dictionary forms, and usage examples. This tool can be of use to learners of foreign languages who want to …

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History of English

Video credit: The Virtual Linguistics Campus, “The History of English (An Overview)” December 17, 2014, via YouTube. Dear All, This post discusses briefly the history of the English language. Five major periods of the language development can be outlined: 1) England before the English (55 BC – 600 AD): – the Celts; – Julius Caesar’s …

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Rhyming dictionary, multilingual

Dear All, In “Rhyming dictionary” post, an online rhyming dictionary has already been discussed. That rhyming dictionary is for English. However, I have recently come across a multilingual rhyming dictionary. Why do we need a multilingual dictionary? The answer is simple: a multilingual rhyming dictionary allows finding rhymes in several languages and if you speak …

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Original coinages

Dear All, Are you fond of words which are coined in an original way? If so, this post may be of interest – all of the originally coined words and phrases below have been collected from real-life linguistic sources (street advertisements, websites, company names, etc.): # Coinages Basis for the coinages Explanations 1 treesponsible (Fr.: …

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Ukrainian Easter eggs

Image credit: hobvias sudoneighm, “vegreville egg ~ world’s largest pysanka” May 9, 2007, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0. Dear All, Easter eggs (EEs) are an integral part of Easter celebration, however, traditions associated with EEs are different in different cultures. This post discusses Ukrainian traditions related to EEs. Many people know that Ukrainians decorate EEs with …

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