Category Archives: Linguistics

In, On, At, and To

[Editor’s Note: this is another one that was written for the TLG blog. It compares some prepositions in English and Georgian that tend to give language learners a bit of trouble.] Prepositions are a common source of mistakes among Georgian … Continue reading

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A is for Apple

[Editor’s note: this post was written for the TLG blog, but the bureaucratic gears ground to a halt before it got published, so I’m bringing it to you here. Enjoy!] If you know English, you’ve probably heard “A is for … Continue reading

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I’ve spent the last two weeks buried in research into vowels. That might sound boring to y’all, but I am a linguist by hobby and an English teacher by trade, and so vowels are right in my wheelhouse. This post … Continue reading

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Language and Privilege

I know the title reads like an undergraduate class on Foucault, but bear with me. One of the odd experiences I’ve had teaching in Georgia is being annoyed by British English. Before I left the US I rather liked British … Continue reading

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How I Took Up Programming Again

I stopped being a computer programmer in early 2002. I had been studying it at college, but I was running out of money, and a series of life events were throwing up obstacles, so I ended up leaving school and … Continue reading

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Open Questions Regarding Cumin

Well, first of all, I’ve already announced this on Facebook, but there’s cumin in Tbilisi. The Turkish market on Aghmeshenebeli next to the Turkish restaurant Cappadocia sells it – in fact you can smell it as soon as you walk … Continue reading

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You probably weren’t wondering what I’ve been doing these past fifteen days instead of updating my blog, but I’m going to tell you anyway: I’ve been learning. I mean, in a sense, I’m always learning. I have a voracious appetite … Continue reading

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Popular Etymology

When I learned the word for neighbor – “mezobeli” (მეზობელი) – I immediately noticed that it contained the word “ezo” ეზო, which means “yard.” It might not be immediately obvious to everyone what the relation is there, but I don’t … Continue reading

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Language Lesson: Blog and Wiki

Today I noticed on my facebook feed yet another friend I met through TLG misusing the term “blog” and went in search of some sort of evidence that this usage – which I have noticed over and over again since … Continue reading

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ვერა ხარ

When I heard I’d be living in Vera I was excited. After a month living in Vera… well, let’s just say I feel differently. I’m a big fan of walking in straight lines. A straight line is the shortest distance … Continue reading

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