Category Archives: Structure

From Fantasy to Reality: Conlanging as Psychosocial Activism

The seventh Language Creation Conference was held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada this year.  It featured a wonderful spectrum of presentations on general and very technical aspects of creating languages.  We also got to see the world premier of a film … Continue reading

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Deconstructing the Metaphoric Basis of Language, Or, Making Visible One of the Infrastructures of its Invisible Architecture

  Using the methods of George Lakoff and Mark Johnson in Metaphors We Live By, I’m doing the following analysis to expose the metaphors that might slip through the unconscious as we read something as basic as the opinion page … Continue reading

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From Language 2.0 to Language ∞

We’re immersed in language like fish in water. I often use that analogy to describe how blind we are to the linguistic world in which we swim, how its structure enables our being in the way that the ocean enables … Continue reading

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Language as an Invisible Architecture

First, let’s look at visible architecture and the effect it has on us.  Imagine walking into each of the buildings in the pictures above. What felt sense do you have? What kind of “world” is created inside of each building? … Continue reading

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My Questions for Paul Frommer, Creator of the Na’vi Language in Avatar

Na’vi, the language of the Pandorans in the movie Avatar, perhaps can help us look at our own languages and find ways to express the kinds of interconnectedness we saw on Pandora. Continue reading

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