August 20, 2014

12:26 AM | Reading Macroanalysis 6.1: Theme–Dogs, Gold, Slavery, and Awakening
Over at New Savanna I’ve been blogging my way though Matthew Jockers, Macroanalysis: Digital Methods & Literary History, University of Illinois Press, 2013. I figured this particular post would be of interest here. If you’re not familiar wiht topic analysis, there’s some links below that’ll help you out. Chapter 8 of Macroanalysis is about “Theme.” […]

August 19, 2014

9:54 PM | Which Came First, the Word or the Gesture?
I got a good laugh out of this cartoon on Alex Baker's Cake or Death cartoon file. And it fits in with this post's point: gestures have their limits. Susan Goldin-Meadow is a hero on this blog because her work...
8:35 AM | Functional trade-off between lexical tone and intonation
Languages can use pitch to make lexical contrasts (so called tone languages) or to mark contrasts at the utterance level, usually called intonation, such as using rising pitch to indicate a question as opposed to a statement.  In fact, a language can use pitch to do both by various means such as changes in pitch […]

August 13, 2014

7:13 AM | PhD positions in the Dynamics of Language
The ARC centre of excellence for the Dynamics of language is offering a number of PhD positions, including on the topic of language evolution.  The positions are hosted at ANU in Canberra, the University of Melbourne and the University of Queensland.  These are on top of the Wellsprings of Diversity positions. From the website: The […]

August 12, 2014

10:51 AM | Review of correlational studies in linguistics
Articles from the first edition of the Annual Review of Linguistics are appearing online this week.  Bob Ladd, Dan Dediu and I wrote a review of correlations in linguistics. We review a number of recent studies that have identified either correlations between different linguistic features (e.g., implicational universals) or correlations between linguistic features and nonlinguistic properties […]

August 03, 2014

10:17 PM | Anthropologists’ metaphorical shenanigans: Or how (not) to research metaphor
Send to Kindle Listen to this Post Over on the excellent ‘Genealogy of Religion’, Cris Campbell waved a friendly red rag in front of my eyes to make me incensed over exaggerated claims (some) anthropologists make about metaphors. I had expressed some doubts in previous comments but felt that perhaps this particular one deserves its […]
3:31 PM | Mind-Culture Coevolution: Major Transitions in the Development of Human Culture and Society

This is revised from the introduction to a website I put up in the old days of web 1.0, all in hand-coded HTML. Where I’ve since uploaded downloadable versions of the documents I’ve used those links in this revised introduction, but you’re welcome to access the online versions from the old introduction. Mind and Culture […]
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