Ancient linguistics: Ugaritic and Hebrew

By Mary Fisk|August 27, 2013|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Linguistics|0 comments

Ugaritic inscription on an axe. Image from WikiMedia Commons: This article from the Jewish Daily Forward (New York) looks at how the ancient language Ugaritic (written in cuneiform characters) was decoded and how scholars noted its linguistic similarities to other Semitic languages of the ancient Near East, such as Phoenician and Biblical-era Hebrew Click here to read the article in Forward    If you want to follow “Philologos’s’”  recommendation and

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Chinese Sign Language Recognition and Translation with X-Box Kinect

By David Pearson|July 25, 2013|China and Inner Asia, Linguistics|0 comments

Amazing research… In a collaborative research project, Microsoft Research Asia and Institute of Computing Technology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have been using the XBox 360 Kinect motion sensor’s body-tracking capabilities to provide sign language recognition capabilities for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. The team have released a new paper (PDF). See their work demonstrated in this video: [Via: TheRegister]

Open-access book on the Eblaite language

By Mary Fisk|May 30, 2013|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Linguistics|0 comments

SOAS Library has just ordered Maria Tonietti’s new monograph Aspetti del sistema preposizionale dell’eblaita (which looks at prepositions in the Eblaite language through the medium of the Chancery and Ritual Texts from the Ebla Archives) However, the publishers have also made  the book available on open-access .Click on the following link to view or download the text: Clay tablet from the Ebla Archives Image from:  

Languages and Linguistics – April 2013

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|May 28, 2013|Linguistics|0 comments

Language policy and identity construction : the dynamics of Cameroon’s multilingualism / Eric A. Anchimbe. Proverbes de la sagesse yaka : matsaba : traduits et annotés / Martial De-Paul Ikounga. Han, Il yang ŏnŏ ŭi ŏhwi taejo yŏn’gu : Puyŏŏ wa Ilbonŏ rŭl chungsim uro / Son Chong-yŏng. 한,일 양 언어 의 어휘 대조 연구 : 부여어 와 일본어 를 중심 으로 / 손 종영 Lexicology or early Korean and

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Linguistics – January and February 2013

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|March 19, 2013|Linguistics|0 comments

The Oxford handbook of sociolinguistics / edited by Robert Bayley, Richard Cameron, and Ceil Lucas The Oxford handbook of linguistic typology / edited by Jae Jung Song. The Oxford handbook of translation studies / ed. by Kirsten Malmkjær and Kevin Windle. The Oxford handbook of comparative syntax / edited by Guglielmo Cinque, Richard S. Kayne The Cambridge handbook of linguistic code-switching / edited by Barbara E. Bullock and Almeida Jacqueline

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Introducing “Faiz-e-Zabaan” for lovers of Urdu Literature and Language

By Farzana Whitfield|March 13, 2013|Linguistics, Literature, South Asia|0 comments

Faiz-e-Zabaan is a project focusing on Urdu literature and language (inscribed in homage to one of South Asia’s most famous Urdu poets, scholar and left-wing activists- Faiz Ahmad Faiz). The inititiative for using ‘Faiz’ which means grace aims at sharing this grace of language with students and scholars of Urdu. One of the main and ongoing projects is called the “Media Catalogue”. The project looks for Urdu language and literature related news/articles/columns from

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Nigerians Shake Up Twitter with Yoruba-Language Tweets

By David Pearson|March 11, 2013|Africa, Linguistics|0 comments

Interesting article from Global Voices: Twitter was abuzz with Yoruba, one of the three major indigenous languages spoken in Nigeria, on March 1, 2013 as speakers of the language lit up the microblogging site with tweets in Yoruba as part of a campaign to celebrate the language on social media and pressure Twitter to include it in its translation project. Nigeria, famed for a population of 160 million, officially speaks English but

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Linguistics – June to November 2012

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|December 19, 2012|Linguistics|0 comments

e-journals Pragmatics and Society Volume 1(2010) onwards. System Volume 26(1998) onwards. Books Parametric variation : null subjects in minimalist theory / Theresa Biberauer … [et al.]. [Available as an e-book from Cambridge Books Online] The biolinguistic enterprise : new perspectives on the evolution and nature of the human language faculty / edited by Anna Maria Di Sciullo and Cedric Boeckx. The limits of syntactic variation / edited by Theresa Biberauer. Language, Saussure,

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Linguistics – October and November 2012

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|December 17, 2012|Linguistics|0 comments

Linguistics Translation and translation studies in the Japanese context / edited by Nana Sato-Rossberg and Judy Wakabayashi. Essential Japanese grammar : a comprehensive guide to contemporary usage / Masahiro Tanimori, Eriko Sato. Space in tense : the interaction of tense, aspect, evidentiality and speech acts in Korean / by Kyung-Sook Chung. Beginner’s Iraqi Arabic : with 2 audio CDs : an introduction to the spoken language of Iraq / Nawal

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New open-access titles from the Oriental Institute (University of Chicago)

By Mary Fisk|November 23, 2012|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Linguistics, Literature|0 comments

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago has released the following open-access monographs on ancient Near Eastern languages, literatures and cuneiform studies. These titles complete the Assyriological Studies series AS 24. The Hittite Instruction for the Royal Bodyguard. H. G. Güterbock and Theo van den Hout. 1991 AS 21. Computer-Aided Analyses of Amorite. I. J. Gelb. 1980 AS 19. The Akkadian Influence on Aramaic. S. Kaufman. 1974

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