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Boring phonological rule practice

Monkey Grammarian is on legal strike at the moment. Deprived of my normal opportunities to torture students, I’ve decided to decided to release this set of practice exercises on applying phonological rules into the wilds of cyberspace, where anybody interested … Continue reading

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Homework assignment for formal semanticists

I came across the following quote from Sylvia Plath on Passive Guy’s blog: If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I’m neurotic as hell. I’ll be flying back and forth between one mutually … Continue reading

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Silliest Legalese Award, nominee #1

We’ve all become used to warning stickers like “Do not try to insert fishhook into your eyeball” or owner’s manuals for cars chock-full of helpful tips like “Do not allow children to play on roof of vehicle while vehicle is … Continue reading

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Squirrels are evil (Las ardillas son malas, guey)

In the period of two days, I’ve had three unrelated brushes with the concept of squirrel. Maybe it’s a coincidence. Or maybe it’s a sinister reminder that we’re sharing our planet with the genetically engineered hybrid offspring of lab rats … Continue reading

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Collins’ new Spanish dictionary for Macs — blech!

The past few months have seen way too little blogging (i.e., none) and way too much work on the Guaraní field methods course. But I’ve been roused from my recent non-bloggishness by the overwhelming need to discuss the “Collins Spanish Dictionary … Continue reading

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Wikigrammar

This time next year, if my maniacal plans succeed and if my suffering students don’t garrotte me with a microphone cable in self-defence, you’ll be looking at the most complete reference grammar of Guaraní ever written in English. Our university … Continue reading

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The sentence that ate Colorado

I took refuge in a Barnes & Noble while waiting for the fire trucks to pull away from in front of the Apple Store, which I was unceremoniously kicked out of (along with everybody else) when they evacuated it, because … Continue reading

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Teaching the owls (and why I cheer for vampires)

Anastasia Salter has a nice post on Profhacker (a Monkey Grammarian favourite) about the challenges of teaching night classes — some nice suggestions for make them easier on both prof and students and links to even more good advice. Monkey … Continue reading

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Plus ça change

Let’s celebrate the astronomical start of summer, which of course we academics are all furiously spending on research, with some century-old déjà-vu on the topic of research — specifically two items published in Science in the summer of 1914. The first … Continue reading

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What I’m working on these days

When I was at the MOT workshop in honour of Glyne Piggott this month, people would occasionally ask me, “So what are you working on these days?” Now, lacking the neurotypical skill of telling when people really want to know … Continue reading

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