linguistical anthropology

I hate linguistic anthropology. Why? One of the most influential experiments in linguistic anthropology involved teaching a chimp asl. One of the most influential linguistics is named Noam Chomsky. You know what the chimp’s name was?

Nim Chimpsky.

Fucking monkey pun.

And this is in textbooks, in documentaries, everywhere. And everyone just IGNORES THIS GOD AWFUL PUN cause of how important the experiment was. But

BUT LOOK AT THIS SHIT. FUCKING NIM CHIMPSKY. I HATE THIS WHOLE FIELD.

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Introduction

Hello everyone! Newest member of @scriptmedic‘s ScriptX blog family here. I have a lot of names, but you can call me Forest. I’m a linguist. Well, technically speaking, I studied linguistic anthropology specializing in philology and Indo-European studies but it’s a lot simpler to just call myself a linguist.

I’m also a massive polyglot. Some people collect stamps or coins, I collect languages. In the last decade I’ve studied, at last count, 88 languages, and somewhere around thirteen writing systems.

Like the rest of the ScriptX blog family, I’m a writing consultant. Are you a writer? Got a question about anything involving language, linguistics, or communication? I got you covered.

There is, however, one thing I want to make clear. I am not a translator. Believe it or not, being a good translator takes more than just being fluent even in more than one language. It takes a particular skill set and special training I do not have.

With that out of the way, I’d like to thank @scriptmedic for taking me under her wing, and ask that you all be a bit patient with me while I settle into running this blog.

How do people respond to sneezing?

Well, it depends where you are from. Here are a few responses from around the world:

  • “May God forgive you!” (Amharic)
  • “Rice and salt.” (Vietnamese, if the sneezer is a child)
  • “Hey! I took a bath!” (Filipino. The correct response is “Who didn’t take a bath?”)
  • “Have a long life.” (Sinhala in Sri Lanka)
  • “You have released nose-water.” (Ritharngu, an Australian aboriginal language. Their response is extremely literal.)
  • “Patience” (Pashto)
  • “It’s the Truth” (Marathi)
  • “God help you!” to first sneeze, “strengthen you” to second sneeze, “and support.” to third sneeze. Can be shortened to “Bless you.”  (Icelandic)

What do you say?

Drunk Asian History Rant

Remember that History & Geography was written by the ignorance of brutish Colonizers, Oppressors and Imperialist.

Since 2007, I have just been trying to deconstruct and reclassify East and Southeast Asia by languages, ethnicity and geography, but has taught me how discriminate ethnologist, linguist and geographers are.

You do not know how difficult it is having to rewire my brain and to deconstruct and reconnect an entire history book that was written and left unchanged in the 1800’s, and left like that for the entire world to use as evidence of their origins. An example is the “South China Sea” and the “Sea of Japan”, that the West has taken for themselves, but literally fucks with everyone that borders it.

Not only that, is the constant strain I have to translate back and fourth between multiple languages from Hakka, Teocheow, Cantonese and Old v.s Middle Mandarin Chinese, and how they are similar and separate from each other, and the constant “political correctness” from Beijing that they are “dialects” of Mandarin, when they really are just their own languages with their own grammar rules.

What also makes it so hard to, is the discriminating force they have over each other. Vietnamese people don’t claim Cambodians, Japanese and Koreans don’t claim each other, Mandarin Chinese claims the entire geopolitical borders.

Meanwhile, the Indo-European languages can stretch themselves as far from India, Iran, to Russia, Norway and Portugal.

All I truly want to do is reclassify East & Southeast Asia’s geography, by the history of languages, culture and ethnicity, and change the categorization of linguistics.

Because right now, I am stressing out by the Chinese character “人”, and how it’s pronounced as Ren/Neng/Nang/Jan/Ngin/Lang by 5 different Sino speaking languages, and one of them isn’t even considered part of the Sino languages.

as I learn languages, the smaller I get

everyone should learn languages! or at least try. only english speakers really never learn any other language while everyone else does… come on anglo-saxon world…

there are so many reasons to learn other languages, but one that i’ve realized this past week that i find pretty incredible is that language learning is humbling. the greek philosopher Socrates said, “the only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing” and i think this statement is crazy awesome. the more you inquire and try to understand this world, the more you come to realize this world is complex as hell, and the smaller and smaller your amount of knowledge and wisdom becomes. true of anything, a person exceedingly prideful in his trade will not improve if he believes that he is in fact that good. in this sense, a great guitarist is someone who knows he’s not that great. thus a great guitarist is never a great guitarist. once people reach this mountain point in their skill at which no one can surpass them, they’ve plateaued in their ability and will be stuck at that point until they venture out of their small circle and find that they are, again, not that great at their skill compared to the rest of the world. (i’m looking at you high school senior who’s about to go to music school!)

when it comes to language learning, i realized this when i watched my 60-something-year old professor of linguistic anthropology (who is brilliant by the way), -with all her years of experience and incredible amounts of knowledge of linguistics and culture- still fumble around the classroom trying to pronounce people’s chinese, bengali, native america, and slavic names. it became most apparent to me when she tried saying a chinese phrase to me (with a very heavy accent) to which i did not understand. this professor, though most qualified to teach about language, still can be schooled by this classroom in terms of language and cultural knowledge. a professor can sit back and feel that he is king of linguistic understanding, that he is more erudite than all, but the very moment that that professor tries to learn hindi, he is stripped away of his power as he fumbles through pronunciation and grammar. he is subject to becoming the pupil when asking a 19 year-old indian student (who would thus become the master) about hindi.

thus diving into a new language is like venturing out to a place where you know that you’re going to be lost and you’re going to be an idiot, but it is powerfully rewarding as you gain new knowledge and cultural perspective of the world from new eyes, as well as recognize that you are only touching one part of the elephant that is life. language learning is not only good for cognitive ability, and cultural competence, but it is spiritually enriching. if you can be humbled by understanding how little you know through learning language, then you will be put more into the place that you’re supposed to be, rather than in that elevated position that you believed that your educational/socio-economic background bore you into.

i was asked by @misfitreindeer to make a post about skeletons and debunk a lot of typical transphobic myths about how, y’know, females look like X and males look like Y and that everything works in 100% black in white but it doesn’t actually

and it’s important to know that while i’m an anthropology student, my main focus has been on forensic anthropology so we’re not talking about cavemen here. we’re talking about anatomically modern humans. (although i do know a little about cavemen because my overall degree will be in anthropology)

i’ve taken most of my classes focusing on the actual bones, i’ve worked with actual human bones, a lot of which were people who had been murdered, some which were still under investigation. i’m entering my 2nd term of my junior year as i’m making this post and the only forensic anthro/anthro classes i have left to take are ones that aren’t my field (cultural/linguistic anthropology, museum curation, working on dig sites with archaeology students) and a shitload of chemistry.

so while yes i don’t have my degree yet i’m studying this right now, i’m learning the newest available information at my university, and i’m asking a lot of questions because i’m so fascinated by this field

so i’m going to just give you a gigantic infodump of what i know. i’ll also put up pics of bones, not graphic scary things i promise.

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That discourse markers [such as ‘like’] are used in written CMC with any significant frequency is in itself interesting. As all the discourse markers included in the count were superfluous to the utterances being made, why do users include them at all? The answer is probably that they undermine the more formal implications of written text, lending a more speech-like tone to the utterance. The use of unnecessary discourse markers could be interpreted as a display of sociolinguistic competence, as users are aware that their use of language is socially ‘marked’, and so adopting a more casual, speech-like tone makes the user appear more casual themselves.
—  @tumblinguistics, “Tumblinguistics: innovation and variation in new forms of written CMC”
Hello Hello! 📚

I’m a new studyblr and this is my introduction post!!

My name is Hannah, I am 18 years old (almost 19)

I am an anthropology major and a psychology minor

This is my first year, second semester of college

I love reading 📖, playing video games 🕹, and listening to podcasts 🎙

I’m currently trying to learn Latin🏺 and Old English⚔

My classes this semester are
•Intro to Psychology
•Intro to Archeology
•Intro to Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
•Anthropological Linguistics
•Statistics

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@studyign
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@ecostudyblr
@studentsandlattes

@oft-quoted sociolinguistics is concerned with why/how language changes in relation to societal factors, whereas linguistic anthropology has more to do with how language shapes/is shaped by local knowledge systems and mental concepts of the world