Month: April 2013
Words and Experience
“We live not only in a world of thoughts, but also in a world of things. Words without experience are meaningless.” — Vladimir Nabokov
What is research?
“If you ask a group of graphologists to study the same piece of handwriting, they all come out with different interpretations. It’s no different from astrology or numerology.” From an article on the science of Graphology One of the most important things about research is that it should repeatable or be open to replication. So…
Not-so-hertz Of lexis Repetitive, regular, Becomes you. Well proportioned Law abiding Zip(f) in nature Nothing above ‘the’. Constancy Is everywhere. Typical of you, Token, your words.
Cool Chinese character tattoo or lifetime laughing stock?
As a language person I know all too well how difficult it is to translate perfectly from one language to another. This is why for many Westerners who are getting Chinese characters tattooed I will advise they should be careful. For one, those doing the tattoo may not be telling you the truth. Secondly, what…
Hideo Kageyama Rocks
According to The Japan News (formerly The Daily Yomiuri) renowned Japanese educator Hideo Kageyama (homepage in Japanese) will be release a rock song entitled ‘Benkyo Shiyoze’ (Let’s Study!) on 8 May. You have to hand it to Prof. Kageyama who is now advisor to the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education. His techniques for motivating students are…
Original Pronunciation of Shakespearean Plays
This is a fascinating introduction to the differences in pronunciation of Modern English and Early Modern English (Shakespeare’s time). Explanations and examples are very clear by linguist David Crystal and his son Ben, an actor.