Category Archives: Grammar

A Head Full of Steam

It has been a long time between drinks; or trips to the well; or – OK that’s enough rubbish. Momentum has not been my friend this year. When I began the Babel Project, I wanted this to be something pleasant … Continue reading

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Korean Pasta?

I understand, it sounds weird. Korean pasta? What’s that about? As with pretty much everything on this blog, it’s about language. Specifically, it’s a continuation from my most recent post and the question of what to learn first. At the … Continue reading

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Hit the slopes

It’s winter-time down here, and some are thinking about skiing. Not your humble correspondent, who remains faithful to his obsession with language. Nevertheless, the seasonal discussions have dented my bubble and that, along with a challenging couple of days with … Continue reading

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The geography of language – mountain

Moving right along with the theme, I have chosen mountain to symbolise Chinese – in this instance specifically Mandarin Chinese. The tonal structure of Chinese can quite easily resemble the ups and downs of your average Himalayan (or other) mountain range. … Continue reading

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The geography of language – forest

Each language has its own shining feature. Spanish and French are romance; German and Arabic are guttural; Italian and Japanese are bouncy while Chinese is up and down. English is ubiquitous. I have already written about Arabic and the desert analogy. … Continue reading

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Do you like Kipling?

If you are a fan of Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers, you probably recognise that the correct answer to this question is, “I don’t know, I’ve never kippled.” If you are a fan of Imperial British writing, you may remember … Continue reading

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How to build a new language

Over the past four years, I have sat in my office (I have a day job) and watched two different skyscrapers being constructed or renovated. Each building has followed a similar process, despite the differences between starting from scratch and … Continue reading

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