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Day: November 3, 2016
Will the Norn language see a successful revival in Orkney and Shetland?
http://nornlanguage.x10.mx/index.php?intro Ah, a lot of doom and gloom here from other respondents. I’ll admit that all I know about Shetland is that they have ponies, and all I know about Orkney is “huh, isn’t that halfway to Norway already?” But I knew Norn existed. I’ve had a quick look at Wikipedia (and pasted links in […]
Why are Armenia and Greece against Turkey and Azerbaijan?
As Ayse Temmuz said, this has been gone over very often. Let’s go through the pairs. Armenia–Azerbaijan. I’m married to a diaspora Armenian, which means I know very little of Armenia. We spent 3 days in and around Yerevan during our honeymoon last year. And that was enough to convince me there’ll be war again […]
Who are some notable linguists in the field of historical pragmatics?
Andreas Jucker seems to be the guy that single handedly conjured this field into being, including the journal and the collection of essays in the late 90s. (I think I reviewed it way back then.) Namechecked at Historical pragmatics – Wikipedia UZH – English Department Ah, bugger. He’s the Dean of Arts at Zurich U. […]
Is there a time in history when the Greeks and Turks fought together in the same team?
To add to Andrei Stoica’s answer— (Vote #1: User. This is a supplementary answer) —Byzantines often used Turkish mercenaries, as Andrei pointed out, especially when they went nuts and fought civil wars in the 14th century that only the Ottomans could benefit from. And after the civil wars washed up, and Byzantines were a vassal […]
In the Matrix, why is the Oracle’s message “Know Thyself” in Latin, instead of the original Greek?
Because Latin was always better known in the West than Greek. Greek proverbial expressions are almost uniformly quoted in the West in Latin; e.g. Deus ex machina, not apo mēchanēs theos; Et tu Brute, not kai sy teknon; quod erat demonstrandum, not hoper edei deixai. Gnothi seauton seems to be as prevalent as nosce te […]