Monday, May 10, 2010

Some weekend links

For those who celebrated mother's day, here's a link about the word for "mother" across languages:
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10129/1056868-51.stm

Here's a fascinating link about a study of morality done by physics experts, treating it as a complex emergent phenomenon across communities:
http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/42540

And here's an article having fun with the developments in language inspired by the Eyjafjallajokull volcanic eruption:
http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2010/05/02/language_eruption/

And finally, here's an article about the phenomenon of English as a global language, and how it appears in some ways to be transcending its localized roots:
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