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Tigrinya–English Picture Dictionary

I was browsing the web when I found an excellent new e-book entitled: “Tigrinya – English Picture Dictionary” by eritreanrefugees.org. It’s primarily designed for native Tigrigna speakers who want to learn English, but it can work in both directions. Also since it’s a picture dictionary you get to see images of the things/descriptions/actions that are being translated and [...]

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November 3, 2010  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Eritrea, language, Linguistics, Tigrigna  3 Comments

Two linguists talk about language…

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September 18, 2010  Tags: , ,   Posted in: language, Linguistics  No Comments

Linguistic diversity; good thing… or the cause of African poverty!!

Heh silly/hyperbolic blog titles aside, this is the rough question that was posed then brutally slapped away by Greg Downey of Neuroanthropology. Check it out. It’s a good, solid and thorough post on the subject of linguistic diversity; one which I don’t think I could paraphrase without missing a couple of huge chunks. However here are a [...]

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July 26, 2010  Tags: ,   Posted in: Africa, Eritrea, language, Linguistics  One Comment

A rather biased definition…?

When I saw this, I had to share it with everyone; (from Toothpaste for Dinner, 5/27/2010): H/T: Language log

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May 28, 2010  Tags:   Posted in: Linguistics, Miscellaneous  No Comments

A linguist on communication

Here’s a link to a New York Times piece on French linguist Claude Hagège (author of On the Death and Life of Languages) and a few questions about his thoughts on the future of communication. It’s an interesting read.

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December 18, 2009  Tags: ,   Posted in: Linguistics  No Comments

Two Years!

It’s been two wonderful years of Tigrigna lexicography bliss, as this December marks the second anniversary of memhr.org In the beginning this website started as just a weird hobby of mine and today it continues as such; I can’t stress this enough, telling myself that this is “just a hobby” is the one rule in [...]

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December 2, 2009  Tags:   Posted in: language, Linguistics, website update  No Comments

When spam gets hella-strange

Since I run a Tigrigna language teaching website, I get a lot of emails from many different people who are (like myself) amateur Tigrigna language enthusiasts; but this latest e-mail is the first spam-bot email I have ever received. It’s very bizarre, so I hope you find some humour in it…. ***emailremoved@yahoo.com*** Am Juliet,a tall [...]

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October 28, 2009  Tags:   Posted in: language, Linguistics  No Comments

IPA

IPA stands for the International Phonetic Alphabet. It’s the universal script that linguists use to map out the phonetic sounds of every word in every language in the world. So (theoretically) if you are familiar with the IPA you can perfectly read out loud, any text, in any language, perfectly, as long as that text [...]

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July 14, 2009  Tags: ,   Posted in: Linguistics, Tigrigna, website update  2 Comments