Our lives revolve around social media – this is where we get our news and input. Whenever something dramatic happens in the world, Twitter knows about it first. Facebook is the first to express emotion, opinion, sentiment, approval, anger, resentment.
We have all become our very own centers of the universe where what we receive as “news” is actually merely a reflection of what we like and want to hear.… Read More The Semantics of Social Media: Why you don’t need to like what you “like”
Australian Aboriginal creation myths – Dreamtime stories – allow us insight into the continent’s most precious knowledge and teach us, once again, to expect the unexpected. … Read More Telling stories of the Dreamtime: Spoiler – no dreams or time involved
The National Geographic Magazine recently published a great article on the “mind-bending ways to navigate” in the Yupno language spoken in Papua New Guinea. The Yupno use an environmental-based system talking about “uphill/downhill” and “upvalley/downvalley” slopes where we might use “east /west/south/north”. Additionally, they create a metaphorical topography inside their homes that is distinct from… Read More “Where is Doro?” The answer is not as easy as you might think
The other day I was working with the speakers on some grammatical questions of MalakMalak regarding manner of motion, purposeful and continuous motion which got me thinking about the relation between my running and my work. When they hear the word ‘fieldwork’ some people might think, that linguists like me run around the bush all… Read More Running continuously in one spot
Right, it’s time to try something new yet again. This year 2013 has been a year of many first for me so far, and I thought I might as well keep that up while I’m at it. So this is blogging. I will write about endangered languages, I will write about remote outback Australia, I… Read More The beginning of the journey