This may have some interest. Basically, typologists cannot into statistics and it shows. On the other hand, it means there is a large number of low hanging fruit for someone with skills in statistical programming. PDF on OSF: osf.io/p2f9u/ This was handed in as a paper for typology class. Quite likely the last class I […]

In trying to merge some data, I was confronted with a problem of matching up strings where the author had mutilated them. He had done so in two ways: cutting them off at the 8th character or using personal abbreviations. The first one is relatively easy to deal with. The second one is not. So […]

www.goodreads.com/book/show/16641082-writing-systems libgen.org/search.php?req=coulmas+writing&open=0&view=simple&phrase=1&column=def I read this book as part of background reading for my bachelor (which im writing here) after seeing it referred to in a few other books. As a textbook it seems fine, except for the chapter dealing with psycholinguistics. Nearly all the references in this section are clearly dated, and the author is […]

Overall an interesting introduction. Some chapters were much more interesting to me than others, which were somewhere between kinda boring and boring. Generally, the book is way too light on the statistical features of the studies cited. When I hear of a purportedly great study, I want to know the sample size and the significance […]

Consider Marx’s famous words in “The Eighteenth Brumaire o f Louis Bonaparte” : “Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly found, given and trans­ mitted from the past” (Marx 1978[1852]:595). In place o […]

Cambridge.University.Press.Analyzing.Grammar.An.Introduction.Jun.2005 free pdf download   Overall, there is nothing much to say about this book. It covers most stuff. Neither particularly good, or interesting, or particularly bad or uninteresting, IMO. — Forexample, what is the meaning of the word hello? What information does it convey? It is a very difficult word to define, but every […]

(from A natural history of negation) i had been thinking about a similar idea. but these work fine as a beginning. a good hierarchy needs a lvl for approximate truth as well (like Newton’s laws), as well as actual truths. but also perhaps a dimension for the relevance of the information conveyed. a sentence can […]

Social Structure and Language Structure the New Nomothetic Approach found via Gene Expression, blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2013/01/a-correlation-between-acacia-trees-and-tonal-languages/ Recent studies have taken advantage of newly available, large-scale, cross-linguistic data and new statistical techniques to look at the relationship between language structure and social structure. These ‘nomothetic’ approaches contrast with more traditional approaches and a tension is observed between proponents […]