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Language Matters Symposium: Duke University

March 8, 2019 12:11 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Language Matters: The Event Today Friday March 8 a symposium at Duke University entitled Language Matters honors my scholarship. In particular the symposium focuses on the book I wrote with co-author Phillip Carter. The title of the book is Languages in the World. How History, Culture and Politics Shape Language.  The event... read more

Languages in the World: The Textbook

August 15, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

As regular readers of this blog know, my latest academic book Languages in the World. How History, Culture and Politics Shape Language was published by Wiley-Blackwell in January of this year. Co-author Phillip M. Carter teaches at Florida International University in Miami. For professors who are considering adopting the book for their... read more

Linguistic Residual Zone: New York City

April 29, 2016 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

Linguist Johanna Nichols has identified two types of geographic zones relevant for comparative work in linguistics: the linguistic residual zone and the linguistic spread zone. Linguistic Residual Zones A linguistic residual zone tends to be a relatively small, often geographically enclosed area. A higher number of languages from different language families are spoken here... read more

Mongolian Horses

October 1, 2015 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

In the early thirteenth century Genghis Khan united a variety of Mongolia’s nomadic tribes. Because of the Mongolians’ exceptional skill as horsemen, Genghis Khan was able to conquer many of his neighbors. In 1204 he subdued the Uyghur people in what is now Xinjiang, a western province of China. There... read more