Friday, December 02, 2005

Hello world.

Is this thing on?

The internets are always especially bewildering after a nice long vacation. What are you all talking about? Why do you care? And what is this COM-PU-TOR of which you speak? But one is always seduced, again, by the information.

Consider this rather confused article about disappearing languages (cf. more-or-less edifying discussion on Languagehat). Ties in nicely with the NPR program I heard last night. The most interesting segment of the latter was the story of what happens when an ethnologue "linguist" moves into a Zapotec village and starts translating the Bible. Although also confused, it's definitely worth a listen if you're into that kind of thing (religion, language, indigenous peoples, etc.).

Anyway, ethnologue allowed me to confirm that there are 58 dialects of Zapotec. Not to mention 69 Mayan languages. And then ethnologue reminded me of the somewhat less controversial efforts of the Centro Editorial de Literatura Indígena (Oaxacan nonprofit) and the Instituto para el Desarollo de la Cultura Maya (Yucatán state agency).

What was I talking about again? Oh yeah: I love you, internets. But I didn't miss you.

4 Comments:

Anonymous laufrine said...

but the internets missed you. welcome back, fucker

Fri Dec 02, 08:24:00 PM GMT  
Blogger mmw said...

just kidding -- of course I missed the porn!

Fri Dec 02, 08:32:00 PM GMT  
Anonymous laufrine said...

if you didn't have enough porn on your "vacation" you weren't doing it right.....

Fri Dec 02, 11:08:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Pim said...

Yeah, is this thing still on?

Oh, and no Monrachet but a few other fancy Burgundy bottlings made it back over the pond with me.

But, no, sorry, you're still not coming to dinner.

ta,
Pim

Tue Dec 06, 02:51:00 PM GMT  

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