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And so I am caught within a circle from which there is no escape: the less human societies were able to communicate with each other and therefore to corrupt each other through contact, the less their respective emissaries were able to ...more

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The Ethics of Ambiguity by Simone de Beauvoir
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Syntactic Change by Ian  Roberts
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This might be the most challenging read I have ever managed to get through. It took three tries, but eventually I was able to circumnavigate this very technical (but insightful) monograph on how languages change while remaining eternally the same. Th ...more
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Functional Categories by Pieter Muysken
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Twenty-five years ago, when I was first studying linguistics, the theoretical assumptions of formalism and functionalism were presented to me as radically incommensurable and as mutually incompatible. I was in a functionalist program that took stride ...more
Syntactic Change by Ian  Roberts
"It's hard to judge a book coming from a framework you're critical of. The authors did a great work and everything but I often feel generativists are trying to fit a square in a circular-shaped hole. I'm just a PhD student and there's plenty I don'..." Read more of this review »
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The World's Major Languages by Bernard Comrie
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Functional Categories by Pieter Muysken
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Twenty-five years ago, when I was first studying linguistics, the theoretical assumptions of formalism and functionalism were presented to me as radically incommensurable and as mutually incompatible. I was in a functionalist program that took stride ...more
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Tristes Tropiques by Claude Lévi-Strauss
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Opening line of the book: “Je hais les voyages et les explorateurs.”

Yet who doesn’t hate traveling and explorers? I mean REALLY. Especially when traveling and exploring, don’t you hate having other travelers and explorers around? They give the lie to
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The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
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Campbell's magnum opus attempts to delve into the essential core of the human psyche. It is not entirely successful. This work is in a sense the last gasp of armchair anthropology, that is, the attempt to understand human culture (rather than culture ...more
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Tristes Tropiques by Claude Lévi-Strauss
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Opening line of the book: “Je hais les voyages et les explorateurs.”

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