When I first ran across Asifa Majid’s article with Ewelina Wnuk in Cognition, about how speakers of Maniq, a language indigenous to southern Thailand, have a vocabulary for talking about smell, I was taken aback.
The sanitary and mechanical age we are now entering makes up for the mercy it grants to our sense of smell by the ferocity with which it assails our sense of hearing. – Havelock Ellis
A pastiche of a post, putting together ideas and research on inner voices: -How to document the conversations we carry on with ourselves most everyday (in the West at least) -The importance of inner voices
Mark Liberman at LanguageLog has produced some fascinating commentary and analysis surrounding the Jonah Lehrer affair, and the role played by fake quotes (i.e., language use) in his downfall. Liberman raises issues of representation, integrity,
I’m delighted today to present an interview with Mark Changizi, the noted cognitive scientist and author. Changizi has a forthcoming book Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man, where he
By Paul Mason & Daniel Lende Terrence Deacon, professor of anthropology at Berkeley, has a 2010 paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, A Role for Relaxed Selection in the Evolution of
Jessie ‘Little Doe’ Baird, Co-Founder and Director of the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project and Mashpee Wampanoag tribal citizen, was just honoured with a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Baird is an MIT-trained linguist, and has been active