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Learning Kalispel: phonotactics and sentence structure

Back again with more lessons on the Kalispel language. The workbook is getting into some simple questions and answers, so this time I can talk about what I think might be Kalispel sentence structure. I won’t know if I’m right … Continue reading

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Future English

I’ve been thinking a lot about the next 150 years of the English language for The Centuries Unlimited. And then there was that “spelling pronunciation” post on tumbler that got me and some other people talking… And before you know … Continue reading

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Japanese Phrasal Verbs?

I was going to write this week about Kalispel numbers, but yesterday I learned something interesting in Japanese class. I already knew the verb hikkosu (引っ越す*; to move house), but yesterday I learned the verb ikineku (生きねく; to survive something**) … Continue reading

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Learning Kalispel: Orthography

Okay, I had a dream in Kalispel Salish* last night, which I guess is a signal I need to talk about it. It all started when I found this webpage of the Kalispel Tribe  which has both written and recordings … Continue reading

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Baby Talks: Consonant Harmony

I noticed something cool while I was singing the finger family song to my 2-year-old daughter this morning: consonant harmony. Me: Mommy finger mommy finger where are you? Her: Mommy minger! Me: Daddy finger… Her: Daddy binger! Me: Kaka (big … Continue reading

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Redundant English

I’m not feeling in a scifi mood today, so let’s play with languages! I was thinking about redundancy. There’s a certain amount of information in a given clause in English. What if we made sure that every word in the … Continue reading

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The Fire Nation Verb

The Fire Nation Verb-Tense-Aspect system: “wood” (irrealis) “burning” (incomplete) “ash” (complete) Ka-o ægni = The fire would burn/will burn/burns in principle Ka-i ægni = The fire is burning/burns often Ka-a ægni = The fire burned out/has burned out (combine them … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of Phoneme

This week, I’m playing with awkwords! The Kingdom of Phoneme is in turmoil, torn apart by the factions around the brothers Hluatat and Derifum and meanced by the great general S’LãGs̩ of Abjad, as they fend of the piratical attacks of Captain KuLaEn’ZuLe … Continue reading

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Two good books

I don’t want you guys to think I hate every book I read. I just finished (and enjoyed) End This Depression Now ( https://www.goodreads.com/…/13517594-end-this-depression-now ) and Talking Back Talking Black ( https://www.goodreads.com/…/33376054-talking-back-talking-b… ) End This Depression Now paints a more … Continue reading

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Bulgarian has words for:

to wake up completely: разсънвам се (razsanvam se) Raz-san-vam se glosses as “apart-dream-verb reflexive” something like “I break up my dreams.” You can add the same suffixes and prefix to buzh- (the root for “wake,” cognate to Sanskrit “Buddha”) to get разбуждам се … Continue reading

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