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Jupiter Descending

Those interested in astronomy may have noticed that Jupiter is currently in opposition. But what does that mean? And what does "Jupiter" mean? And what does all of this have to do with corpus linguistics, Elizabeth Taylor, and Tuesdays?

Grierson’s “Linguistic Survey of India” as open-access digital data resource for studying languages of South Asia

Lars Borin, Anju Saxena, Shafqat Mumtaz Virk, Bernard Comrie

South Asia – comprising the seven countries Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives, as well as immediately adjacent areas of neighboring countries (parts of Afghanistan, China, and Myanmar) – is the home of hundreds of languages belonging to several unrelated language families.

How difficult is a word?

One of the most central aspects of language learning is the learning of words. Casual observation tells us that a learner with a knowledge of the relevant words can get a message across to native speakers, even without much grasp of grammatical structure above word level, whereas for somebody with the opposite distribution of language skills, this will typically not work out.

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