Language Related TV Tropes

March 28, 2010 1 Comment kerim Folk Linguistics, In the news

In a followup to my post from last week about the language section in the Snopes database of online myths and hoaxes, I’d like to share this link to the language section of The TV Tropes website was featured on the NPR radio show, On the Media, which explained that the show, which “catalogs some 20,000 plot devices and dialog conventions that show up throughout pop culture” is run in a wiki-like way, allowing for user contributions. As a result quality of the database is somewhat uneven, but it is still quite a useful resource for those interested in

Celso Alvarez Caccamo on Catalan Language Policies

March 22, 2010 1 Comment Leila Uncategorized

Celso Alvarez Caccamo had such an interesting response to my first roundup that I have pasted it in full so anyone seeing the blog will see it. I was tempted to remove the link but will leave it (and its evidence of my utter lack of knowledge about Spanish dialects and Iberian penninsula languages) so y’all can inspect its weaknesses for yourselves. Thank you as well, Celso, for the discussion of Catalan language policies. Please feel free to write more about them any time you wish! From Celso: Sorry to say that one of the links in this post,

Language Myths in Your Inbox

March 20, 2010 1 Comment kerim Folk Linguistics, In the news

NPR has a nice profile of the couple which runs Having long ago convinced most of my contacts to stop forwarding chain e-mails, I rarely check Snopes anymore, but inspired by the NPR story I went back and was pleased to see that they have an entire section devoted to language. This, in turn, has sub-sections on folk etymologies, mistranslations, nonexistent words, etc. Related: The Snowclones Database

Linguistic Anthropology Roundup #1

March 18, 2010 6 Comments Leila SLA, Uncategorized , , ,

Welcome to the inaugural Society for Linguistic Anthropology Roundup Blogpost that will briefly summarize some of the current interesting linguistic anthropology related materials available on the web. Three of us, Alex Enkerli (SLA Web Guru), Chad Nilep (a regular blogger on this site), and myself (Leila Monaghan, SLA Digital Content Editor), will share the duties of doing the Roundups. We welcome suggestions about interesting current news links or good websites—feel free to post them in the Feedback Boxes at the bottom right of every page in this blog or make a comment in response to this Roundup. We will also

Wyoming Language, Culture and History Conference

March 18, 2010 5 Comments Leila Uncategorized

We got so many interesting paper proposals that we have extended the conference for an extra half day so we could fit them all in. The Wyoming Language, Culture and History Conference now runs from Thursday, July to Saturday, July 3. See full blog post for the preliminary program

Study the life and culture of the Highland Maya (Deadline: March 26, 2010)

March 10, 2010 No Comments admin Announcements

Ethnographic Field School in Highlan Guatemala 6 undergraduate credits in anthropology May 25–July 8, 2010 (two days on-campus, six weeks abroad) Maury Hutcheson, Ph.D. Program cost: $2,380 (includes roundtrip airfare) plus applicable VCU tuition[1] Based in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, this six-week program will provide students with a comprehensive overview of Mayan indigenous life in Guatemala, past and present, including opportunities for individual and group research through participant observation, attendance at cultural events, lectures on selected topics, and excursions to museums and major archaeological sites, dating from the earliest days of the Olmec/Maya transition to the contact-era capitals that were toppled

Toyota and Japanese orthography

March 1, 2010 1 Comment Chad Nilep Uncategorized , , ,

A radio quiz program suggested that Toyota uses a character written with eight strokes, while Toyoda uses one with ten, and that eight is a more auspicious number. This is strange for at least two reasons.

It turns out that BBC News contributor Kathryn Westcott published an article last week addressing the question, “Why is the car giant Toyota not Toyoda?” which does a pretty good job explaining the apparent inconsistency.