A Sacrifice Made to the Loss of a Mind

27/M/Boston/Engaged. I'm a Ph.D. student in computer science and linguistics. I run on metal, wordplay, and snark. Most of the languages I speak are dead. This blog is mostly language and science stuff, books and science fiction/fantasy media (when there's a TV show on I like), with the occasional post from my personal blog or video of me playing stuff on the guitar. I also write a lot, but I'm way too chickenshit to post any of it. Maybe some day. Follow for more.
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If you ever die in a library, it will happen in the archives. The weight of forgotten books is oppressive, and the silence surrounding them is unbearable. All of the books seem to be waiting to choke you with the dust coating their spines. The forgotten characters seem ready to jump out and force you into their world. Nobody wants to be forgotten. Nobody is comfortable among the forgotten.

Happy National Library Week.

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hey language nerds! like and or reblog this if you post anything related to:

  • linguistics
  • foreign languages
  • research on dialects
  • interesting language articles/fun facts
  • basically anything pertaining to language

i want more linguistics/language blogs to follow


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  • English: One wug, two wugs
  • French: Un wug, deux wugs
  • Spanish: Un wug, dos wuges
  • Norwegian: Ett wug, to wug
  • Dutch: Een wug, twee wugen
  • German: Ein Wug, zwei Wüge
  • Hindi: Ek wug, do wug
  • Hindi: Wait, what gender is a wug?
  • Hindi: Ek wug, do wugẽ?
  • Irish: Aon wug, dó wuig
  • Irish: Hold on, what declension is "wug?"
  • Irish: Aon wug, dó wuga? Wugaí? Wugacha?
  • Irish: Wait, do I need to soften the "w"? CAN I soften the "w"? Do I even have a "w"?


"Hey, how do you spell Massachusetts?"
"How should I know? Just grab a handful of Scrabble tiles and let fate decide."

this is like a beautiful unicorn of mispellings



"Hey, how do you spell Massachusetts?"

"How should I know? Just grab a handful of Scrabble tiles and let fate decide."

this is like a beautiful unicorn of mispellings

(via dedalvs)

Yurok is not just an old language, it’s also thought to be a member of the Algic family, and thus related to many other Native American languages… in New England and Quebec.  Think about that for a minute.  These languages once covered an over 3000 mile spread that their speakers expanded across probably without the aid of the wheel.


For all of you able to see this month’s lunar eclipse…soak it up. And while you’re at it, appreciate it with a moment of silence for all of us in the Northeast who live in suck-ville, USA.


Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come

Climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and throughout the world’s oceans, scientists reported, and they warned that the problem was likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse emissions are brought under control.

The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations group that periodically summarizes climate science, concluded that ice caps are melting, sea ice in the Arctic is collapsing, water supplies are coming under stress, heat waves and heavy rains are intensifying, coral reefs are dying, and fish and many other creatures are migrating toward the poles or in some cases going extinct.


Greenland’­s immense ice sheet is melting as a result of climate change. Credit Kadir van Lohuizen for The New York Times

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Sad but true….

Hey, success is all about problem solving.

This article is a couple of years old, but raises some questions that I’ve been thinking of lately. Language technologies are powerful tools, but tools that are largely leveraged only in the developed world. I’m idly trying to think of ways to better work these innovations in the developing world, where they might be the most helpful, and one thing I keep coming back to is language technology that can be used in local languages. It seems like a sorely neglected area that could be of great utility in promoting both literacy and empowerment for disadvantaged groups.