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March 4, 2014

Me again--look up "mnemonics" to see aids in learning to memorize. I made my own mnemonics for remembering those Shakespeare passages, but I knew that you have to make mnemonic aids to do so from my upbringing.
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Published on March 04, 2014 09:25 • 19 views
Randall,
I'm about 2 years late in responding to you get this. It is possible to learn to pay attention and get skills in memorization. People with no written systems often have amazing memory skills. All the tribes business dealings, ownership, etc. exist only in memory. Plato deplored the written word because it wrecked memory --and it does. As one raised in an Orthodox Jewish home, I had to learn long prayers and passages of the Bible in Hebrew. My father could chant a Passover Seder f...
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Published on March 04, 2014 09:23 • 10 views

December 29, 2013

> In the years since 1952, I have heard my Classical education heaped with scorn. Truthfully, in the rebellious 1960's, I myself denounced its rigidity. After 40 years of teaching, however, I've changed my mind. All that memorizing trained us in two things: memory skills, and close attention to detail.

You assume forcing students to memorize material of dubious value somehow builds "memorization skills". Beyond the futile waste of childhood learning useless things like pas...
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Published on December 29, 2013 19:10 • 36 views
I'll write a post on your comment as soon as I can. I thank you for taking the time to comment. I really need feedback.

I do want to assure you that I'm up on my Chomsky. I got my doctorate at Brown just when Chomsky was sneering at structural linguistics. Sine MIT was so close, we had professors from MIT teach us one course a semster--for me a total of six courses. Many people from Brown trekked p to MIT for its famed "Friday afternoons." Besides TG grammar and phonology, we...
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Published on December 29, 2013 18:24 • 22 views

December 19, 2013

Thank you, Elaine, for a clear explanation of a process we all use, but I'd never considered before. It never occurred to me that English was a tonal language, but when I tried stressing different syllables in your example sentence, "My boyfriend was in the laboratory with me.", I found that doing so changed the meaning in subtle ways. Stress matters.

Gil
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Published on December 19, 2013 12:13 • 23 views

December 2, 2013

Language, HCL (human language), is unique to our species. It's not for linguists to argue over. It's an evolutionary fact (cf. Hauser, Chomsky, Fitch 2004, Hauser & Reiss 2002, Dawkins 1996, 1998, 2003, 2007 etc.). Chomsky is acknowledged as the father of linguistics for a reason- he revolutionized the linguistics, and made it into a true science. Claiming I found this and I found that, does not a scientific claim make, my fair lady. Freshmen, sophomore or a retired scholar, the b...
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Published on December 02, 2013 06:13 • 28 views

November 10, 2013

I've never heard "samwich"; I've heard something between "sammich" and "sammidge". I'd be curious to know if people who pronounce a medial angma-g combination (Long Islanders, for example) might be more likely to pronounce that medial angma-d combination...
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Published on November 10, 2013 20:20 • 29 views

November 9, 2013

For what it's worth, when I was living in Cambridge, Massachusetts (1978-1982), I heard distinct accents from places as close to each other as East Cambridge and Allston, and I remember vaguely that there were distinctions in Roxbury and Dorchester residents' speech. None of these was what most people think of as a "Boston" accent, though these five places were within five miles of each other.
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Published on November 09, 2013 14:28 • 31 views

September 14, 2013

Thanks for the suggestions you give, but the NAME.com addresses are for websites, not for blogger. For those you need NAME.blogspot,com. It's not the name so much, it's transferring the posts to anew blog. I don't know how and Blogger has zilch for help. I'd love to do my blogs on wordpress, and not blogspot because google has been atrocious about passwords. You cjange it. Put in the changed password & the next time try to change it, you get a message that your password wa...
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Published on September 14, 2013 13:42 • 59 views

August 31, 2013

To change your blogs name to "The Language Lady" you would need to own the domain, http://thelanguagelady.com/ or http://www.languagelady.com/ however those are already taken. Looks like languageland.com is available :)
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Published on August 31, 2013 23:00 • 27 views