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A Unique Language

Language carries with it information about who we are, how we express ourselves, our culture, and how we define the world around us. While taking a closer look into the languages spoken in the beautiful country of New Zealand, a place with so much to offer in every aspect, it’s significant to point out that […]

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The ambiguity of “or”

One of the most curious ambiguities that I know of is the two different meanings of the connective “or”. It’s got an “inclusive” and an “exclusive” meaning, and both of them coexist happily in everyday English. Which of the two is intended in a particular case is usually clarified from the context. Among the reasons […]

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Is Music a language?

The other night I was listening to a version of Eleanor Rigby by the talented Uruguayan musician Leo Masliah. This particular version has got so many variations and modulations (changes of key) that at one point I realized that there was no way he could know the whole thing by heart. Of course, he writes […]

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The gene for learning how to speak

Is it a person’s genes or their education? Neurologists, psychologists, biochemists and other scientists often take one side or the other in explaining behavioral and personality traits as diverse as infidelity, depression, chocolate addiction or the ability to play music. In more developed cultures, everything is treated as a chemical imbalance that is easily fixed […]

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