Tag Archives: Language

What is Special About Language?

Noam Chomsky, a world-renowned linguist, intellectual and political activist lectured at the University of Arizona on Feb. 7, 2012, on “What is Special About Language?” Noam Chomsky is an Institute Professor and a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics … Continue reading

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A European Settler State

I was born and raised in a European settler State. When I was a child,  ethnic cleansing seemed normal and even heroic and just. I grew watching Westerns where cowardly savages killed women and children but when fought by a … Continue reading

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A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange is a dystopian novel by Anthony Burgess published in 1962. A Clockwork Orange is also a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess‘s 1962 novella. It employs disturbing, violent … Continue reading

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animal language

Human and animal communication differ in significant ways. Humans possess the ability to be creative with symbols, and current research suggests animals do not, according to Western Washington University professor of linguistics Edward Vajda. Attempts by scientists to teach animals … Continue reading

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Chomsky examines biolinguistics

UC Berkeley presents the The Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lecture series, featuring linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky. Chomsky examines biolinguistics – the study of relations between physiology and speech. 20th Killian-Award Lecture Chomsky gives the 20th Killian-Award lecture. … Continue reading

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fruits

Forbidden fruit is a phrase that originates from  Genesis concerning Adam and Eve in Genesis 2:16–17. In the narrative, the fruit of good and evil was eaten by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. As a metaphor, the … Continue reading

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A siege

A siege is a military blockade of a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by attrition or assault. The term derives from sedere,Latin for “to sit”.[1] Siege warfare is a form of constant, low-intensity conflict characterized by one … Continue reading

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Culture of the United States

Colin Woodard, in his book American Nations,[11] claims an existence of eleven rival regional cultures in North America, based on the cultural characteristics of the original settlers of these regions. These regions are: Yankeedom, New Netherland, The Midlands, Tidewater, Greater Appalachia, The … Continue reading

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monkey do

A meme ( /ˈmiːm/; meem)[1] is “an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.”[2] A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or … Continue reading

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Drugs and guns

An estimated 50,000 persons die annually in the United States as a result of violence-related injuries. Homicide is the second leading cause of death for persons aged 15–24 years, the third leading cause for persons aged 25–34 years, and the … Continue reading

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