Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Christmas traditions

Video credit: welcome2ukraine, “Колядка “Щедрик” Schedryk – “Ukrainian Bell Carol”” January 16, 2011, via YouTube. Dear All, Today I would like to speak about Christmas traditions in some countries and particularly about the date of celebrating Christmas and one of the best known Christmas carols, “Carol of the Bells”. In some countries (e.g. in Canada, …

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Blind men and an elephant

Image credit: WELS net, “Elephant crossing” August 5, 2006, via Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0. It was six men of Indostan To learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant (Though all of them were blind), That each by observation Might satisfy his mind. The First approached the Elephant, And happening to fall Against his …

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Communication Research Methods (book)

Dear All, Today I would like to share with one of the most comprehensive and brief books on communication research methods. The book covers all the key stages of research from the inception of a research idea to reporting research results. Both qualitative and quantitative methods are examined. It is important to note that the …

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Becoming proficient in foreign languages

Dear All, Have you ever wondered, how long it takes to become proficient in a particular language? Typically, the evaluation of language proficiency is based on four skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. However, how long does it take to become proficient enough to be able to communicate in a foreign language? The Foreign Service …

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GMOs and health concerns

Dear All, As a follow-up on the previous post “Good food for good studies“, I am posting the information on the book by J. M. Smith “Genetic roulette: The documented health risks of genetically engineered foods”. The book deals with the topic of GMO (genetically modified organism) and provides some documented evidence concerning issues and …

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Good food for good studies

Video credit: The Big Picture RT, “Conversations w/Great Minds – Jeffrey Smith GMOs – Seeds of Deception P2” July 23, 2012, via YouTube. Dear All, I strongly believe that food is a good “friend” of productive studies. Food for productive studies should be of quality. The reason for this is that good food makes us …

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Can animals speak?

Video credit: JHawx, “Einstein the bird” November 25, 2009, via YouTube. Hello Everyone, Have you ever heard of birds or other representative of fauna that can speak? In this video, you can see a bird that can say several words and phrases. Sometimes, it is difficult to understand them; however, they are still quite intelligible. …

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IPA charts, audios, videos

Dear All, Have you ever wondered how exactly it is made possible that we speak? How are sounds produced? What sounds have been recorded by phoneticians in different languages across the world? Well, this post may help to answer these questions. 1. Official IPA website (http://www.langsci.ucl.ac.uk/ipa/) IPA (the International Phonetic Association) is the best known international …

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Ngram Viewer for corpus/computational linguistics

Dear All, Today, I would like to share a link to Google Ngram Viewer: Ngram Viewer (http://books.google.com/ngrams/) This is an online, free tool which allows users to conduct linguistic analysis on the frequency of word use. The year frame is quite impressive: 1800-2000. The analysis can be performed using corpora from the following languages: Chinese, …

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Shibboleth

Sear All, Have you ever heard the word “shibboleth” [‘ʃɪb(ə)leθ]? What is the meaning of this word? The word “shibboleth” means 1) something that is difficult for pronunciation and which may reveal foreign accent; 2) certain trait of linguistic or nonverbal behaviour which reveals a person who belongs to a certain social group or profession …

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Artificial intelligence (AI) and language

Video credit: Chris I-B, “Ladder Climbing with Robot’s POV” July 30, 2013, via YouTube. This video depicts a robot that can walk and climb a ladder. In robotics, it is believed that making robots walk similar to humans is one of the most challenging tasks. Scientists, however, seem to be making progress in this respect, …

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Nutritional Anthropology book

Dear All, In scholarly discourse, including intercultural communication, the question of nutrition seems to be growing in importance which reflects people’s increasing awareness of health issues and environmental concerns. In their recent book entitled “Nutritional anthropology: biocultural perspectives on food and nutrition”, Dufour, Goodman, and Pelto compiled a collection of 55 essays. The essays explore …

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Free lessons in Russian

Image credit: Simon Bisson, “The Domes of St Basil’s Cathedral” October 19, 2011, via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. If you would like to learn Russian, but do not know how to begin, the following website may be of use: Yes Russian (http://www.yesrussian.com/) This website offers free lessons in Russian for English speakers and can be …

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Speckie: spell check for Internet Explorer

Writing with correct spelling in any language is important because when people see our writing which is without errors they tend to form more positive attitude to the author, at least they may think that this person is well educated and attentive. With so much writing occurring online, it is important to be able to …

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Multilingual resources

Have you ever wondered how to translate your favourite proverb into a different language or how to say “Happy birthday!” in multiple languages? If so, the following resources may be useful: 1) freelang.net (http://www.freelang.net/) – free human translation of short, non-commercial texts; – human translation from/into multiple languages; – free online or downloadable dictionaries; – …

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Rhyming dictionary

What do you think of poetry? How about writing a poem? If you have ever tried to, you know how difficult it may be to find a good rhyme while also preserving the idea. One of the ways to facilitate the process is to use a rhyming dictionary. Of course, it cannot do all the …

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CFP (call for papers) website

If you would like to browse through the current CFPs in Anthropology, Linguistics, New Media, Sociology of Language, and Cultural Studies, the following website may be of use: http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/ It is called cfp.english.upenn.edu, a service provided by penn english. Iaroslav

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The Linguist List

Several months ago one of my colleagues from the University of Alberta told me about a Web resource for linguists. Today I would like to share this resource with you, it is called The Linguist List: http://linguistlist.org/ On this website, they post such information as job announcements, conferences, publications and some other useful resources. Iaroslav

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Glossary in Linguistics

One of the available glossaries in linguistics that provide concise fefinitions and is a free online resource is the glossary found on the Queen Mary University of London website: http://webspace.qmul.ac.uk/cjpountain/linggloss.htm Iaroslav

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Interpersonal communication and digital technologies

What, do you think, is the role of new technologies in modern interpersonal communication? I have come across the following thought-provoking cartoon: https://laughingsquid.com/i-worry-that-facebook-is-killing-meaningful-communication/ Iaroslav

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Welcome to BLOGONLINGUISTICS blog

Welcome to BLOGONLINGUISTICS blog! On this blog, I invite you to share useful information or ideas, to ask questions, and to give/receive research or practical advice on any topics related to linguistics. In particular, I would like to encourage contributions on the following topics and subjects: linguistic anthropology, intercultural communication, new media, postsecondary language instruction …

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