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Is Being A Writer an Inherited Trait?

The other night my brother, Jay, and I were out to dinner with his wife and another friend. Jay and I were sitting next to each other and my friend said it was funny to watch us with our synchronized big smiles, expressiveness, and gesticulating. We were talking about writing, something neither of us do professionally. My brother is a marketing guru and I’m an … Continue reading Is Being A Writer an Inherited Trait?

Language and Mind/Culture

Hi everyone! I will do another language post, on a request long ago by Troy Headrick. Thanks Troy! I will talk about the relation between language and culture, which necessarily includes individual minds because culture happens when individual minds get together. This will be a bit longer but bear with meJ I will start with the best–known and maybe the most controversial hypothesis about language … Continue reading Language and Mind/Culture

Language Families

Hey there! Let’s get back to some language talk today. Let’s talk about language families. So, first, what is a language family? It is a group of languages that are derived from the same ancestor (proto) language. So, the mother language for all Indo-European languages is Proto-Indo-European, for example. We get languages families by building cognates (comparison of basic vocabulary) and assessing similarities. So, for … Continue reading Language Families

A Language Constant: Change

Provided by Betul Erbasi from Hey, it is me, Betul (! I am here again to talk about something about languages. This time, let’s talk about language change! Let’s start this time with a guessing game this time. Guess which word the following pronunciation forms stand for (this is called phonetic transcription and we use brackets for it). If you get 8 out of … Continue reading A Language Constant: Change


Provided by Betul Erbasi from How are you?    English Wie geht es dir? German Nasılsın? Turkish  كيف حالك Arabic 你好嗎? Mandarin お元気ですか? Japanese The phrases in the set above mean the same thing in different languages. They look fairly different, right? I would not think that these languages could share anything at all. Well, hint hint, some people disagree. On top of that, take … Continue reading UNIVERSAL GRAMMAR, SAY WHAT?!