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This #SOASLangs week, we'll delve in our #African languages holdings @SOASLibrary and @SOAS_SpecColl, or rather just brush on their surface: with several 100s of languages and dialects represented, it is our most #multilingual collection!

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Let's start with #Swahili also known as #Kiswahili.

This @SOAS "Language for Lockdown" video is a great introduction to the 1,200 years history of Swahili: .

#SOASLangs #SOASfromHome Image
@SOAS @CAS_SOAS @SOAS_SpecColl hold a great collection of Swahili manuscripts, see digital.soas.ac.uk/swahili.

Among them figure a few copies of al-Inkishafi "The Soul's Awakening", a 19th cent. poem by Sayyid Abdallah bin Ali bin Nassir.

#Swahili #SOASLangs #SOASfromHome #Inkishafi Image
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I was asked for an English translation of my thread on #Prakrit an Sanskrit. Here it goes (well, at least partially!

#StartOfThread 1/n #Sanskrit #Kannada #Prakrit #Prakrta #Linguistics
2/n #Sanskrit #Kannada #Prakrit #Prakrta #Linguistics

The relation between Samskrta #Sanskrt and various Prakrtas #Prakrit is a subject that has been debated widely. Since #Kannada in its long history has been influenced by Samskrta and Prakrita(s), I thought of this note.
References in Sanskrit state " प्रकृतिः संस्कृतम्, तत्र भवेत् पाकृतं" - implying it is Samskrta that was the originator, or natural language, and those varieties (of it) that arose from it were called Prakritas.

3/n #Sanskrit #Kannada #Prakrit #Prakrta #Linguistics
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#ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತ ಮತ್ತು #ಪ್ರಾಕೃತ ಭಾಷೆಗಳ ಸಂಬಂಧ ಬಹು ಚರ್ಚಿತ ವಿಷಯ. ಈ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಟಿಪ್ಪಣಿ ಹಾಕೋಣವೆನ್ನಿಸಿತು. ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತ ಪ್ರಾಕೃತಗಳೆರಡೂ #ಕನ್ನಡ #ಭಾಷೆ ಯ ಬೆಳವಣಿಗೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು ವಿಶಿಷ್ಟ ಪಾತ್ರ ವಹಿಸಿರುವುದು ತಿಳಿದ ವಿಷಯವಷ್ಟೇ.

#thread #oldstuff #FBmemories 1/n #Sanskrit #Kannada #Prakrit #Prakrta #Linguistics
ಹಿಂದಿನ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತ ಗ್ರಂಥಗಳಲ್ಲಿ "ಪ್ರಕೃತಿಃ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಮ್, ತತ್ರ ಭವೇತ್ ಪಾಕೃತಂ" ಅನ್ನುವ ವಿವರಣೆಯನ್ನು ಕಾಣಬಹುದು.ಈ ಮಾತಿನ ಅರ್ಥ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತ ಭಾಷೆಯ ರೂಪಗಳಾಗಿ, ಅದರಿಂದ ಪ್ರಾಕೃತವು(ಗಳು) ಬಂದಿತು(ಬಂದವು) ಎಂದು. ಮಾತಾಡುವುದಕ್ಕೂ ಪುಸ್ತಕದ ಭಾಷೆಗೂ ವ್ಯತ್ಯಾಸಗಳಿರುವುದು ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಭಾಷೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕಂಡುಬರುವ ವಿಷಯವೇ

2/n #Kannada #Prakrit
ಕಾಲ ದೇಶಗಳಿಗೆ ತಕ್ಕಂತೆ ಭಾಷೆ ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಸ್ವಲ್ಪವಾಗಿ ಮಾರ್ಪಾಡಾಗುವುದೂ ಗೊತ್ತಿರುವ ಸಂಗತಿಯೇ.ಹಾಗಾಗಿ, ಒಂದು ಭಾಷೆಗೆ (ಅಂದರೆ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಕ್ಕೆ) ಹಲವಾರು ಮಾತಾಡುವ ರೂಪಗಳಿದ್ದರೆ (ಅಂದರೆ ಶೌರಸೇನಿ, ಮಾಗಧಿ, ಪಾಲಿ, ಮಹಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀ ಇತ್ಯಾದಿ ಹೆಸರುಗಳಿಂದ ಪ್ರಖ್ಯಾತವಾದ ಪ್ರಾಕೃತಗಳು) ಅದರಲ್ಲಿ ಅಚ್ಚರಿ ಪಡುವಂಥದ್ದೇನಿಲ್ಲ . 3/n #Thread
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A new English determinative is being born: "a couple" (e.g., a couple years, a couple things, a couple people). #linguistics #diachronic
It's clearly evolving out of the NP frame "a couple of" + plural NP and may be influenced by the determinative "a few". Even if you don't accept "a couple people", you might find "a couple hundred" works like a gateway drug.
Here's the frequency of "a couple of" + N sinc the 1990s. The first line is the number of tokens, the second is the size of the subcorpus in millions, and the third is the frequency per million words. Not much happening here.
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🇦🇱 El término del latín medieval Albania, a su vez del griego medieval Αλβανία, procede del nombre Αλβανοί, una tribu iliria cuya primera mención histórica se puede encontrar en el libro III de la Geografía de Claudio Ptolomeo ✍️, escrita en el siglo II.

#linguistics #albanian
👫 El endónimo *Shqipëri*, empleado a raíz del dominio otomano, se puede encontrar por primera vez en el Meshari de Gjon Buzuku, del año 1555.

👥 Sus 5,877,100 hablantes residen en Albania, Grecia, Italia, Montenegro y Serbia, además de la diáspora.

#linguistics #albanian
🌳 El caracter indoeuropeo de esta lengua fue reconocido en 1854 por el filólogo alemán Franz Bopp.

Posteriormente, Gustav Meyer, Holger Pedersen y Norbert Jokl, profundizaron en el estudio de esta relación.

#linguistics #albanian
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For the curious, here are the results of my #unscientificpoll about questions in double modals, plus some reflections:
So, "Might Pat could leave?" was slightly more popular than "Might could Pat leave?" but the majority answer by far was neither of those. >>
I suspect that's because many people who answered the poll just wanted to see the results, and 'neither' seemed like the best answer in that case. >>
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1 YEAR OF @TheDissenterYT. THREAD WITH FIRST 132 INTERVIEWS.

I will be reposting all of the interviews I've done on the first year of the show, one per day, on this thread, with links to the new podcast.

@robsica @docamitay @vancitytaraxo @Muttmere1 @hfsunde @franciscforde
#1 Oren Amitay: Portuguese Bills on Transgender Rights. #psychology

Youtube:
Anchor: tinyurl.com/yaep3ne8

@docamitay @Muttmere1 @vancitytaraxo @robsica @franciscforde @YzarW @jimfrank @KarinLitzcke @Lauguerreiro
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Joe Procaccino and Hugh Montgomery served under General Donovan, the director of the Office of Strategic Services, and 20 subsequent CIA Directors. Both entered the world of #intelligence on the strength of their foreign #language skills.
Joe was born in Italy and graduated with a major in #linguistics. He joined the OSS and continued on after the establishment of the CIA. Former Director George Tenet described Joe as “The Father of All Reports Officers” because he pioneered many procedures still in use today.
Hugh followed in his mother’s linguistic footsteps and learned eight languages fluently. He spent 24 years serving CIA overseas. In Moscow, Hugh was involved in handling the agent who many believe was the most valuable Russian asset ever run by the Agency, Colonel Oleg Penkovsky.
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Oh, Fiona!
Take the quotes in the “anonymous” op-ed and run a search. You’ll find her there.
Listen.
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The #threats invaded my #Brexit #genre #thread. It was supposed to be mostly fun and #FBPE-games, but the threads turn it grim . So. I'll establish this new thread of uses of the threat as genre in the Brexit debate. It won´t be a lot of fun. #forensic #linguistics #genrestudies
Before I get going, a little piece of research dissemination on threats by my good colleagues @TanyaKaroli and @MarieEBM:

Exhibit A: @cliodiaspora has had to bear a truckload of abuse and quite a few threats for her engagement. I admire her intensely for sticking to her guns. This one is ugly in many many different ways.

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Gospel for Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Did Jesus get his power to cast out demons from the Prince of Demons? #gospel usccb.org/bible/readings…
//The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and "By the prince of demons he drives out demons." (Mk 3:22) #Gospel
//Beelzebub or Beelzebul is a name derived from a Philistine god, formerly worshipped in Ekron, and later adopted by some Abrahamic religions as a major demon. The name Beelzebub is associated with the Canaanite god Baal. #demonology #religion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beelzebub
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Time for results of my unscientific poll (thread):
In the 48 hours the poll was active, 286 twitter users responded. 2/
This does not count the replies that came in as tweets instead of votes. 3/
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Time for results of my unscientific poll (thread):
In the 48 hours the poll was active, 286 twitter users responded. 2/
This does not count the replies that came in as tweets instead of votes. 3/
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