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Geneva: Thoughts on Relative Fame

January 20, 2017 10:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I’m in Geneva to give a talk at a linguistics conference with an Atelier Saussure-Chomsky (atelier = workshop). A good reason such a conference is held in Geneva is because the Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913) lived and taught here. The American linguist Noam Chomsky is, presumably, included because... read more

Going to Geneva, Switzerland

January 10, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Title Photo: Lake Neuchâtel – viewed from the train going from Basel to Geneva Basel to Geneva, by way of Biel in the mountains, is an extremely pleasant two-and-a-half-hour train ride. Swiss trains are a dream. The schedule is precise, and the ride is smooth as silk. It doesn’t hurt... read more

Mulhouse, France at a Glance

January 6, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Mulhouse (pronounced: moolooze) is near the top of the map in France, a bit north and west of Basel. It is in the historic province of Alsace. Since I was hanging around Basel for a few days, I decided it would be a good idea to do a day-trip to... read more

Basel, Switzerland at a Glance

January 3, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Title Image: A view of Basel’s Old Town from the Rhine River Happy New Year! And New Year 2017 has me in Switzerland – first stop Basel. I’m giving a talk at a linguistics conference in Geneva in a few days so I thought I’d expand my excursion a bit.... read more

London #3

September 9, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Note: I spent the last week of August in London. London #1 gives a sense of the cityscape. London #2 praises its architecture. Here I offer further observations on my experience in the last international stop on my five-month around-the-world tour. Brexit. You can’t spend an hour in London without... read more

London #2

September 6, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Note: I spent the last week of August in London. London #1 gives a sense of the cityscape. In this post I’ll delve into London Architecture.  Georgian (1714-1830). When I visit London, I stay in Bloomsbury, an area chock full of Georgian architecture. The hotel where I stay, the Grange White... read more

London #1

August 30, 2016 7:42 am Published by 3 Comments

London is my last stop on my around-the-world journey that began five months ago. You know you’re in London when …

Ten Things To Know About Bulgaria

August 12, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I’m now in Bulgaria, at Balcic (also spelled Balchik), a resort town on the Black Sea. We’re staying at the Regina Maria Hotel with our balcony hardly 30 yards from water’s edge. See my blog: Bulgaria 5.0 This is the sixth time I’ve been here, and it’s high time I’ve... read more

Repost: Bulgaria 5.0

August 9, 2016 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

[Town of Balchik. Cover Photo Credit: Boby Dimitrov, via Wikimedia Commons. Authorized for reuse under Creative Commons.] Note: This is a repost of the blog post I wrote last year when I was in Bulgaria. This is the fifth year in a row I’ve come with my Romanian friends to Balcic, Bulgaria. It’s... read more

Balkan Grammar

August 5, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The term Sprachbund ‘language league/area’ was first coined to refer to the unusual language situation in the Balkans. (Linguistic note: the word balkan is Turkish and means something like ‘wooded mountain chain’.) A glance at the map tells you there are many countries – from which you can infer many... read more