Polygenic euphemisms

As every reader knows, whenever powers that be come up with a new euphemism for something, this works, and the previous meanings and associations are quickly forgotten. That’s why we… oh right: Linguists are familiar with the phenomenon, which may be called the euphemism treadmill. People invent new words for emotionally charged referents, but soon…

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East Asian ability tilt and ideographic written language

Have you ever looked into the hypothesis of genetic differences underlying language types? such as pic.twitter.com/RWktYdllwK — Whyvert (@whyvert) May 12, 2021 I have not, but Lynn has noted that East Asians have a relative advantage in visual-spatial ability, and that’s their written language, possibly some gene-culture co-evolution. One study shows East Asians who speak…

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Digital Phenotyping and Mobile Sensing by Harald Baumeister, Christian Montag (2019, book review)

Baumeister, H., & Montag, C. (Eds.). (2019). Digital Phenotyping and Mobile Sensing: New Developments in Psychoinformatics. Springer Nature. This book offers a snapshot of cutting-edge applications of mobile sensing for digital phenotyping in the field of Psychoinformatics. The respective chapters, written by authoritative researchers, cover various aspects related to the use of these technologies in…

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Review: Writing Systems: An Introduction to Their Linguistic Analysis

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16641082-writing-systems http://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…

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