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What makes Americans sound like Americans?
Linguistics Professor Anne Charity-Hudley explains what our modern dialect owes to Queen Elizabeth’s court
language  usa  english  history  England  linguistics  culture 
january 2011 by amaah
Proverb Speaking As A Creative Process: The Akan Of Ghana
essentially a chapter of Kwesi Yankah's famous dissertation: The Proverb in the Context of Akan Rhetoric
language  proverbs  Akan  culture  knowledge  creativeprocess  linguistics  storytelling  Ghana  Africa  research 
march 2010 by amaah
Vast language, gene study unveils our history
Hopefully this will cause a little more skepticism to the nascent recreational gene tourism trend... "The finding of such varied historical migration patterns in West Africa surely means any attempt by African Americans to learn the true origin of their earliest ancestors in Africa will be difficult"
language  genetics  evolution  science  biology  research  Africa  migration  history  linguistics 
may 2009 by amaah
A Language, Not Quite Spanish, With African Echoes
Palenquero is thought to be the only Spanish-based Creole language in Latin America. But its grammar is so different that Spanish speakers can understand almost nothing of it. Palenquero was strongly influenced by the Kikongo language of Congo and Angola,
language  linguistics  creole  spanish  Columbia  culture  history  slavery  maroon 
october 2007 by amaah
The languages of extinction: The world's endangered tongues
Globalisation and migration are the main culprits. Economic pressures force people to move from their village to the cities, local languages are coming under threat from the lingua franca of the workplace. Children also play a key role in killing of a lan
language  linguistics  culture  history  globalization 
september 2007 by amaah
A new country's tough non-elective: Portuguese 101
The judge was speaking in Portuguese, the newly designated language of the courts, the schools and the government - a language that most people in East Timor cannot speak.A new Constitution re-imposed Portuguese after East Timor became independent in 2002
language  EastTimor  Portugal  culture  independence  integration  politics  colonialism  alienation  linguistics 
august 2007 by amaah
Polyglots, Vernaculars and Global Markets: Variable Trends in West Africa (pdf)
consider how some West Africans interact with foreign languages and cultures in an era of global capital, especially when it comes to the activities of migrants venturing into overseas labour markets
and to the production of cultural commodities at home.
language  linguistics  WestAfrica  migration  urban  city  integration  communication  communities  change  culture  social  sociolinguistics  sociology  research  Africa  Senegal  Nigeria  modernity  evolution  multilingual  observation  anthropology  globalization  markets  SocialLiving  filetype:pdf  media:document 
july 2007 by amaah
The Ethnographic Model and the Linguistic Integration of Migrants in Accra
Accra, the capital of Ghana, is currently undergoing a period of spectacular expansion, mainly due to in-migration. Linguistic communication within it can be modeled synchronically as a system of three progressively more inclusive spheres: the indigenous
language  linguistics  Accra  Ghana  migration  urban  city  integration  communication  communities  change  culture  social  sociolinguistics  sociology  research  Africa  Ga  Akan  Hausa  religion  tradition  modernity  evolution  multilingual  observation  anthropology  globalization  markets  SocialLiving 
july 2007 by amaah
On resource modeling, intermediaries and deployment
thinking aloud about REST, resource modeling, caches, intermediaries, extensibility, deployment, http, how the linguistics of put are affecting the semantics of PUT, how the Atompub folk are the first Protestants of REST and more. Mailing list toli
rest  web  http  design  resource  resourcemodeling  caching  intermediaries  firewall  extensibility  deployment  modeling  linguistics  language  metaphysics  semantics  architecture  toli 
june 2007 by amaah
When Gobbledegook Becomes A Fetish: Making Ghanaian English Less Too Known
If I am a guest at a wedding, it means I was invited. If I was not invited but I managed to come all the same, I am still a guest. I am not less of a guest than those who were officially invited. When people, normally MC’s, say Mr. Chairman, invited gue
language  humour  observation  Ghana  comprehension  funny  logic  culture  Africa  words  linguistics 
june 2007 by amaah
Blair's lies and linguistic manipulations
I was struck by all this last month when I came across one of Blair's lies in my local Beirut paper. Sandwiched beneath a headline which read "Saudi reforms lose momentum" - surely one of the more extraordinarily unnecessary stories in the Arab press - it
language  war  hatchetjob  deception  politics  England  framing  linguistics  blair 
may 2007 by amaah
You say Goggle, I say Google
Ah... Yoruba-inflected linguistics meets the endless flexibility of the English language. Controversy ensues. Answer me this, how do you pronounce prove? And why should Palm Groove be pronounced Palm Grove...
english  language  nigeria  pidgin  linguistics  funny  globalization  Africa 
may 2007 by amaah
New language for divided Cameroon
youths across Cameroon are bending linguistic rules, the new language frananglais - a mixture of French, English and Creole - is affecting the way students speak and write the country's two official languages. "Frananglais is cool" more than 250 indigenou
Africa  Cameroon  language  evolution  creole  pidgin  research  adaptation  innovation  communication  communities  english  french  modernity  linguistics 
april 2007 by amaah
Logic and Conversation (pdf)
H.P. Grice expounds on the intersection between logic, philosophy, argument, polemics, conversations, grammar, linguistics and language... Invaluable for assessing misdirection, propaganda, meaning and inferred or imputed weasel words (1975)
philosophy  logic  conversation  argument  polemic  grammar  linguistics  language  meaning  comprehension  syntax  filetype:pdf  media:document 
july 2006 by amaah
The Dan Brown code
Brown's writing is not just bad; it is staggeringly, clumsily, thoughtlessly, almost ingeniously bad. Why did I keep reading? Because London Heathrow is a long way from San Francisco International, and airline magazines are thin, and two-month-old Hollywo
language  review  literature  hatchetjob  style  funny  essay  writing  DanBrown  criticism  english  humour  linguistics  rant 
june 2006 by amaah
Dr. Johnson's Revolution
AS the nation celebrates one anniversary on Monday, the English language is celebrating another. Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language was published 250 years ago. And it is fair to say that the book and the nation have grown up together, an
language  linguistics  literature  english  england  SamuelJohnson  dictionary  masterpiece  history 
july 2005 by amaah
PITTs: Naming An Aesthetic
A tongue-twisting tale of linguistic gymnastics On The Plain Old Distributed Computing Aesthetic, PITTs, Good Enoughers, View Sourcerers and TBDs, The Dark Matter of Technology, Polos, A Lotus Diversion, Radical Simplifiers and Anti-Monopulaters, TATs
technology  language  linguistics  systems  design  engineering  architecture  web  rest  british  history  WilliamPitt  politics  humour  neologisms  coinages  pitts  software  buzzwords  anthropology  zingers  lotus  ibm  music  soul  jazz  tennis  tv  toli 
june 2005 by amaah

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