Jul 15 2013

New Language Began With Baby-Talk

Here is a fascinating article in The New York Times about a new language, Light Warlpiri, which is spoken by a relatively small group of Australian Aboriginal people. Everyone who speaks it is younger than 35 years old. And it began with baby-talk.

From the Times:

There are many dying languages in the world. But at least one has recently been born, created by children living in a remote village in northern Australia.
Carmel O’Shannessy, a linguist at the University of Michigan, has been studying the young people’s speech for more than a decade and has concluded that they speak neither a dialect nor the mixture of languages called a creole, but a new language with unique grammatical rules.

Here is a video, “Monster Story in Light Warlpiri Child39”, from Dr. Carmel O’Shannessy’s YouTube account.

So what’s this about baby-talk? Again, from the Times: Read more »

Jul 11 2012

Kid Does Awesome Game of Thrones Impressions


Ah, YouTube. Despite recent attempts by Google to create a container for corporate controlled content consumption, there are still many pockets of joyful goofiness to behold. Such as this kid, who does a bunch of awesome impressions of characters from Game Of Thrones. Watch the video and behold.

I can’t say with certainty that the person doing the impressions is a “kid”. He’s definitely younger than me, and Topless Robot said he’s a kid in the headline, so until I hear otherwise that’s enough evidence for me. Stay with it through the end because there’s a funny bit.

via This Kid Just Won the Game of Thrones – Topless Robot via All Leather Must Be Boiled by Sean T. Collins (On that site there be spoilers. This is known.)

Aug 03 2011

My New Favorite word: Unmanning

A Game of Thrones - A Song of Ice and Fire - Book One

I have a new favorite word. Unmanning.

Never heard it before? Well, it does not mean “one who is unlike Peyton, Eli or Cooper Manning.” (I had to put Cooper in there. Not that he seems to mind not playing in the NFL. )

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