Archive for July, 2007

Japanese and the Weak Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis

July 11th, 2007

I’m not a reductionist. I’m not big on sentences that start with “the reason that…”, especially if the end of the sentence is something universal like “…Japanese people do blah”. However, I don’t think things pop up in a vacuum, either, so while I might disagree that a certain thing is the reason doesn’t mean […]

He’s Going To Win

July 3rd, 2007

Most kids spend their days playing with toy cars or chewing furniture. Not my kid. He’s out to revamp the whole English language. He used to babble all kinds of incoherent sounds. “Bwagoo vujuwerzl” “Melej anjorra beshuen”. For a while he spoke what we guess was French. For a while, it was Arabic. But now […]