A Cool PL Problem

I’m taking Friedman’s Class (again), and it’s every bit as cool as they say. The introducotry problem this year is Ackerman’s Function, and I’ve really enjoyed muddling over it the last couple of days. To help get my head ’round the significance, I thought I’d spell it out a bit in a post. The significance…

Bilingual Learning Environments

Day 2 of the Bilingualism Class, and an interesting point came up. Demontrating that lots of the research on bilingualism reaches contradictory conclusions, the professor pulled quotes from two studies on the cognitive (specifically verbal) development of kindergarten-aged children attending school taught in a different language form the one they speak at home. One study…

Animal Language for Dummies

A conversation with a friend on Monday sparked some thinking about animal communication – and as serendipity does sometimes come into play, it so happens that in Philosophical Foundations today the subject of Alex the talking parrot came up. There’s this parrot, you see, that can identify things by category. He’s learned to say tens…

Statistics 4 U

If we have to have a core curriculum in university, we’re definitely choosing the wrong subjects to emphasize. For example, I think a basic survey course in statistics would be more useful to most undergrads than the course I currently have to teach to earn my keep around here. The public is shockingly ignorant of…

Turning Jewish

Standing in line to buy coffee today, I found myself behind an increasingly common form of annoyance: the “bumper sticker gay.” Buttons on the girl’s backpack included “OUT and proud of it!,” “God loves me, just ask her” and (my fav) “Vagina Friendly.” I’m always interested in why people feel the need to wear their…

Bilingualism

So I’m taking this class – Second Language Acquisition and Bilingual Children – from this person – Raquel Anderson – to fulfill my Acquisition requirement. I’ve always been very interested in Bilingualism, and as this class seems likely to be intense I expect to learn a good deal about it this semester. One interesting thing…

AMLO Crosses the Line

The Mexican Election is something that I’ve been following with some interest. People, it seems, just never learn. Never mind that every socialist economy the world has ever known either imploded or is currently in decline, South/Latin America is once again enchanted by the empty promises and comforting rhetoric of neo-tribalism. The new wave of…

The Only Winning Move

So – this is my (temporary?) blog. Since it’s tradition to start out with an explanation of the title and purpose… Anyone who grew up in the 80s will recognize the title as a line from Wargames – a fun but not very profound (or realistic) movie about a lone high school hacker who nearly…

Chasing Noah

As it turns out, the maiden entry on this blog ends up being a response to a post on another blog. For some time now I’ve been meaning to program a blog for myself and not finding the time. So for now, this spot on Blogger will have to do. Noah sent an email asking…