Day: December 6, 2016

What’s the whole thing about the widow in Zorba the Greek?

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Posted in categories: Literature, Modern Greek

Depends what whole thing you’re asking about. The village widow comes up again in Kazantzakis’ Christ Recrucified, as the stand-in for Mary Magdalen: in traditional Greek society, a young widow was the only available sexual outlet for men—unmarried women were guarded by their fathers, married women by their husbands. So lots of barely repressed stuff […]

What might future languages look like?

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Posted in categories: General Language, Linguistics

One of the foundational assumptions of Historical Linguistics is Uniformitarianism. We assume that, after the initial period of the evolution of language, Language is going to look the same as a structure, no matter if it’s 5000 years ago or 5000 years from now—because language is determined as a human faculty, and humans have not […]