Category Archives: Linguistics

Preserving the Language of the Colonizers – Part IV

Dear Readers: Today concluding my review of this piece by Vladimir Dobrynin.  Where we left off, we were talking about the difficulty of translating, say, technical manuals, into a particular language.  Try this thought experiment:  Imagine that you purchased a … Continue reading

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Preserving the Language of the Colonizers – Part III

Dear Readers: Today continuing my review of this piece by Vladimir Dobrynin.  Where we left off, Dobrynin starts up his main thesis, namely this analogy:  As French is to Morroco, so is Russian to the Ukraine. Stipulating, of course, that … Continue reading

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Preserving the Language of the Colonizers – Part II

Dear Readers: Continuing my review of this piece by Vladimir Dobrynin.  Whose thesis, jumping ahead, a bit, is that the Ukraine could borrow a leaf from Morocco.  The two situations are completely different, of course.  Morocco genuinely was a colony … Continue reading

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Preserving the Language of the Colonizers – Part I

Dear Readers: Today I have this piece, it was written over a month ago but is not all that time-dependent, and I saved for a rainy day.  The author is Vladimir Dobrynin, and the title reads: Africa shows Ukraine an … Continue reading

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Russian Grammar Decides: Robots Are People – Part III

Dear Readers: As we have learned, the grammatical rules of human languages force us to make decisions about the essence of people and objects.  Russian grammar is fairly rigid.  Every creature or object, even inanimate ones, must have a gender:  … Continue reading

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Russian Grammar Decides: Robots Are People – Part II

Dear Readers: Yesterday we had a meaningful conversation about Russian grammar and noun declensions.  All Slavic languages inherited, from the Indo-European Proto-language 6 or 7 declensions and 3 genders:  Masculine, Feminine and Neuter.  (See, the ancient Indo-Europeans didn’t realize that … Continue reading

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Russian Grammar Decides: Robots Are People – Part I

Loyal Avalanche Readers may not be aware, but I am a Luddite.  That is to say, I hate and fear new technology.  But it’s not what you think.  I don’t believe that Robots or Terminators or anything of that sort … Continue reading

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