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Oxford Etymologist Archives

By Anatoly Liberman<p>The post on pilgarlic appeared on 13 June 2018. I knew nothing of the story mentioned in the comment by Stephen Goranson, but he …

Language

Bits of Bruckner Six turn up in a crypt

May 18, 2015 by norman lebrecht<p>Much excitement among those who spend their lives trying to save Bruckner scores from his meddlers.<p>The conductor …

James Joyce Reads ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle’ from Finnegans Wake

Today is the birthday of James Joyce, who was born in Dublin on February 2, 1882, and wrote in <i>A Portrait of the Artist as a Young</i> Ma<i>n</i>: "Welcome, O …

Cantonese Proverbs in One Picture

阿塗(Ah To), a graphic designer and part-time cartoonist who concerns about the survival of Cantonese in Canton and Hong Kong, has just published a …

A Big Bach Download: All of Bach’s Organ Works for Free

A quick fyi for Bach lovers: You can download <i>for free</i> the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach. They were recorded by Dr. James Kibbie …

Learn Latin, Old English, Sanskrit, Classical Greek & Other Ancient Languages in 10 Lessons

I receive weekly reminders of my linguistic ignorance whenever I read anything by authors fluent in Latin. How could I not, whenever Clive James …

"Spelling" English in Cantonese

As a follow-up to my Language Log post on Li Yang's fēngkuáng liánxiǎng 疯狂联想 ("crazy association"), Chris Fraser sent me three images of an old Canton …

PennSound: Ezra Pound

Slavoj Žižek & Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova Exchange An Extraordinary Series of Letters

Missing for almost a month, imprisoned Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been reported by her husband as recovering in a Siberian hospital …

The Best YouTube Channel for Slow Cookers: Cooking with Phyllis

Step up your slow cooker game with this relatively new channel on YouTube called "Cooking with Phyllis". Phyllis Pellman Good is the co-author of the …

Cooking

10 Reasons to Break Out the Slow Cooker

This is the best time of year to take your slow cooker down from the shelf and put it to work. Our days are as busy as ever, and the slow cooker …

Cooking

Key to Map of Geopolitical Anomalies

As the title indicates, only a selection of geopolitical anomalies are indicated on the map. Many more are ignored, including the Basque nationalist …

The Water Story

When during the First World War the Czech orientalist Bedřich Hrozný was copying cuneiform inscriptions from the Hittite royal archive, deposited at …

Tabudish and the origins of Mandarin

In the comments to "Shanghainese", a lively discussion on the relationship between the Wu branch of Sinitic languages and early Mandarin has ensued. …

SAT’s right answers are all wrong

Retaking the test alongside my daughters, I learned (the hard way) that testmakers devalue critical thinking<p>Monica Cohen<p>May 20, 2013 9:11pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on the L.A. Review of Books.<p>HAVING SHARPENED THEIR #2 PENCILS, my teenage daughters are about to take this spring’s …

To Be or to Be: Aspects of Existence (Act II)

Proto-Indo-European verb roots had an obligatory aspectual value: they were either perfective (punctual, discrete) or imperfective (durative, …

To Be or to Be: Aspects of Existence (Act I)

The conjugation of ‘to be’ in English is an instructive example of a conjugational paradigm formed by a coalition of verb forms with different …

Tense Wars, and the Survival of the Perfect

Before I address the fate of *<b>bʰuH-</b> in Germanic, a brief interlude is in order to provide my guests with some necessary background knowledge. The …

Mind the Asterisk!

In the previous post I pointed out that biologists do not use hypothetical taxa and their inferred features as data. But wait, linguistics is a …

The Uncertainty Principle in Linguistic Reconstruction

What is a “reconstructed protolanguage” like Proto-Indo-European? It’s customary to define it as the most recent common ancestor of a family of …

the case against alan gilbert

Despite the near-unanimous praise of Alan Gilbert in all the media outlets who still write about classical music, I have heard consistent grumblings …

Carlos Kleiber, <em>New Yorker</em> reader

Leo Carey, an editor at <i>The New Yorker</i>, has drawn my attention to the delightful fact that Carlos Kleiber, possibly the greatest conductor of the late …

Immortal Beloved

After his death in 1827, the following love letter was found amongst the personal papers of Ludwig van Beethoven, penned by the composer over the …

Bookshelf Porn

Porn for book lovers. Bookshelf Porn celebrates our love of books, libraries, bookstores and bookcases by showcasing the best bookshelf photos from …

Polysyllabic characters in Chinese writing

There is a widespread misconception that Chinese languages are monosyllabic. That is purely an artifact of the writing system, since most Chinese …

The princess has arrested me

In July of 1951, in the historic Russian town of Novgorod, an unusual document — written on a piece of birch bark in a previously unseen form of Old …

Many times I have kissed and cryed over this

Here's a fascinting missive written to Charles Darwin in 1839 by his wife, Emma, shortly after the inception of his theory of evolution, in which she …