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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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The Importance of Language on Websites

As I was searching for something on the Internet, I came across a very interesting point that brings up a topic of great importance for us today. “If I can’t read it, I’m not buying it”. This is something often heard from people who are trying to make purchases online. A lot of companies have […]

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Language Statistics

•    Quantity of living languages: 6912 •    Quantity of language on the verge of extinction: 516 •    Language with the largest quantity of native speakers: Mandarin Chinese •    Language spoken by the largest quantity of non-natives: English (250 million native speakers versus 350 million non-native speakers) •    Country where the largest variety of languages are […]

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Colorful Language: A Synesthete’s World

Synesthesia, a peculiar neurological phenomenon whereby the stimulus of one sensory or cognitive pathway automatically and involuntarily cross-activates another sensory or cognitive pathway, is an incredibly interesting and intriguing topic which will be consuming the energies of many a researcher for the foreseeable future, and surely beyond.  There are many variations of synesthesia, with grapheme […]

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