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A few of the books located at the new office. #Syntax #HistoricalLinguistics #Phonetics #Phonology #CognitiveLinguistics

The mother of the fallen, a small bronze age statue from #Sardinia, #Italy. This kind of statues were produced by the #Nuragic #civilization. We don't know much about these people and their #language. There is a lot of speculation but scarce evidence. Nevertheless, we're going to present some thoughts on future posts.
#history #archaeology #archaeologist #ancient #ancientworld #linguistics #historicallinguistics

Vouvantais is a language spoken in western france belonging to the langue d'oïl group, the same language group as french. It's unique in the world in contrasting five 'a' vowels (specifically, on IPA terms, /æ/ /a̟/ /a/ /ɒ/ /ɒ̝\ɔ̞/, with the last two having [ɑ] [ɑ̝\ʌ̞] as allophones), both among themselves and with open 'e' (/ɛ/) and open 'o' (/ɔ/, with [ʌ] as allophone). Credits to Academia.edu for this illustrating part of the language ( http://www.academia.edu/25689694/How_many_peripheral_low_vowels_can_you_have_Low_vowel_contrasts_in_Vouvantais?auto=download). #uniquelanguages #phonology #phonetics #historicallinguistics #ipa

Mimisbrunnr.info’s Eddic to English now features a write up of Gudbrandur Vigfússon and F. York Powell’s “Corpus Poeticum Boreale”, 1895. See link above. Image: Detail of pinky ring from portrait of illustration of F. York Powell, British academic. Vanity Fair, 1895. #norsemythology #historicallinguistics #vikingage #poeticedda

#focus #etymology #languagecontact #linguistics #historicallinguistics #fuel “Merriam-Webster New* Book of Word Histories” *Actually, published in 1991.

A year ago this week, #UTSA Dr. Bridget Drinka brought the 23rd International Conference on Historical Linguistics to #SanAntonio, the world’s largest gathering of historical #linguists from over 40 countries!
https://www.utsa.edu/today/2017/07/story/linguistics-conference.html
#Linguistics at UTSA is a growing discipline, with 16 linguists located across campus in three colleges. Administered by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, UTSA’s linguistics offerings provide a multi-disciplinary approach, and include the following specializations: • #Historicallinguistics
#Sociolinguistics
#AppliedLinguistics (in Dept. of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies)
#Neurolinguistics (in Dept. of Biology)

#worldengaged #sa300 #language

This is how you spell Harvard (HRVRD, from right to left) in Proto-Sinaitic, Ugaritic, Old Hebrew, and Old South Arabian. #harvardsummer #tormisatharvard #harvardsemiticmuseum #historicallinguistics

The links of Spanish and English linking eyes and windows happen TOO!!!! #linguistics #polyglot #HistoricalLinguistics #IndoEuropean #6000Years

This is what it’s like to be a #polyglot and a #linguist... a word floats into your mind, which you recognize as related to another word in a related #language. You start googling #etymology and find how much is connected! So the #Russian words for “eye” and “window” are RELATED... indeed, to our word OCULAR (as are the words for “eye” and “glasnost/openness” (ability to see clearly, transparency)... all reaching back 6,000 years to our ancient #IndoEuropean root language that produced #Greek, #Latin, #English and #Russian.
When this level of obsession happens, you know you MUST become a #linguist!!!
#linguistics #HistoricalLinguistics

Kind of peculiar #stele to find in a #church (Strängnäs, #Sweden). Looks like an #emblem with flowers coming out. The #inscription is not readable, #Latin assumed.

#history #archaeology #archaeologist #historical #historicallinguistics #linguist #palaeography #medieval

We've released a dictionary of the #Lycian #language with over 500 lemmata under the languages section of our site. With that we hit a milestone covering all major known #Anatolian Indo-European #languages. There has also been an enrichment of the Proto-Anatolian entries which have been in turn linked with the relevant Lycian, #Hittite, #Luwian etc #words.
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Lycian is one of the Anatolian languages attested in the first millenium BCE (in south-western #Turkey), however the existence of #Lycians as a political entity is known already from the second millenium BCE. Lycians ended up being bilingual (Lycian-#Greek) and therefore left bilingual & triligual #inscriptions that allowed us to understand their language better. They used their own #alphabet, which is similar to all other #Aegean alphabets. Nevertheless, the current transcription doesn't make it so easy to read Lycian, therefore we have provided the phonetic representations as well. .
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Enjoy!
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PS: The language earlier known as Lycian B, is not covered. That is basically #Milyan, for which we will create a separate dictionary.
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#history #archaeology #archaeologist #linguistics #linguist #historicallinguistics #palaeography #anatolianlanguages #ancient #ancientlanguages

Celebrate the last days of 🏳️‍🌈pride🏳️‍🌈 month by learning about 17th century terms for gay men! I read a really interesting corpus-based study by Baker and McEnery... then I made a little dictionary out of what they found 🤓👸🏻. Link in bio.

Less known languages and writing systems are prone to abuse for personal exposure and nationalism. Whenever academics haven't been able to provide a definite decipherment or when there is a lack of data/cosensus, some individuals take advantage of the opportunity to spread their message. Usually, those are far from experts and it is often enough with a wikipedia lookup to uncover the fraud. Sometimes though, information is hidden behind private libraries/paywalls making it hard for common people to make their source criticism. What you can do in those cases is to look for irregularities in the proposed decipherment/reading/cognates. Usually, the fraudsters will create a model that is adjusted to their desired result. Sounds and symbols will be changed to make words look like words in another language, ignoring totally the fact that #languages have a regular #phonology. To give an example of what that practically means: If a word in a language A containing the sound /d/ has a cognate in language B where /d/ changes to /t/, then you will expect this to be true for all cognates. e.g. for a Greek /φ/ you would expect an Armenian /b/ -> Gk. φέρ- 'to bring' ~ Arm. ber-, Gk. φαγ- 'to eat' ~ Arm. boyc 'food'. If that is not demonstrated, then the sound change is irregular and the "cognates" proposed are probably false. .
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#Etruscan, #Sumerian and other isolated languages are often subject to such attempts. On the picture you see a stele inscribed with #hieroglyphic #Luwian, a writing system few people can read. Thankfully, H. Luwian is not subject to such attempts. Having that said, it doesn't mean that a different opinion should be dismissed, provided that it follows #scientific methods. Remember that Michael Ventris who deciphered Linear B, was not a #linguist.

#history #archaeology #linguistics #historicallinguistics #palaeography #inscription #historyofwriting #ancient #ancientworld #ancienthistory #anatolian #folketymology

A #stele from the funeral complex from Hul Askhet, #Mongolia depicting three characters in headdresses, birds of prey and tamgas of the ruling dynasty of #Turkic people #Ashina. On the top a #runic #inscription possibly containing names is carved.

#history #archaeology #archaeologist #linguistics #historicallinguistics #palaeography #earlyturkichistory #turkichistory #orkhon #runes

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