Category Archives: Miscellaneous Language Issues

Why so many Egyptian gods’ names end in “is”?

Isis. Anubis. Apophis. Osiris. Anukis. Why do the names of so many Egyptian mythological figures end in “is”? You might assume that maybe “-is” is an Egyptian suffix or other meaningful morpheme. Nope! This actually has little to do with … Continue reading

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Created Languages: Why alphabets?

One of my lectures has said on more than one occasion that breaking down our language into individual sounds is not the easiest thing for us humans. It is more intuitive for us to have syllables or meaningful units be … Continue reading

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What does your name say about you?

The University of the West Indies has a tradition of names. There are quite a few monuments around campus with lists of names of people who came before us for posterity. Right near the main gate, there is one such … Continue reading

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Still here…

It’s 2018 now, and I’ve still got a whole lot of schoolwork to do before the second semester opens. Well, better get to work!

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I won something!

On the 6th of October, someone posted something in a Facebook group I’m in: I instantly realised that there was no mention of a prize, but I still felt a strong desire to try my hand at it. My Spanish … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo woes

It’s November. Which means it’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short, or, even shorter, NaNo). “National” may be in the name, but it’s grown more international over the years since it started in the US in 1999 with just … Continue reading

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JNV is back!

After months of inactivity, JSL News and Views is coming back online! I used to use Windows Live Movie Maker to make our videos, but my old computer died, and I got a new one, and… Movie Maker has stubbornly … Continue reading

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