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About this site - Notes from a Linguistic Mystic This site exists both as a place for me to post the things that intrigue me and make me think, but also as a place for you to find and learn about things that might intrigue you. I’ll do my best to write in such a way that you don’t need a background in Linguistics to understand my posts, and always feel free to comment if you don’t understand something. I’ll post a clarification as soon as I can. Although I’m a Linguist by trade and by passion, some what I’m discussing on this site might fall outside of mainstream linguistics. I’ll always do my best to be factually accurate in areas where facts exist (and corrections are encouraged), but I’ve chosen this site and this name to emphasize that this is my own personal site, pulling in information from my life and my many passions, rather than just from a linguistics textbook. About the Author More information than you likely wanted to know can be found at my personal homepage. Advertising Policy Pronoun Policy Well, a man can dream.

Hand Talk: American Indian Sign Language Welcome to Hand Talk, a collection of and about American Indian Sign Language, especially Plains Indian Sign Language (PISL). The purpose of this site is to make information about this endangered language available together in high quality, in some cases for the first time. For more about this site, please visit the about page. All varieties of American Indian Sign Language are currently endangered, but prior to the cultural disruption caused by European colonization, it was commonly used across a large swath of North America from the Gulf of Mexico to Calgary, Canada, an area of over 1 million square miles. It spread so far because it was used as a lingua franca between Native American nations speaking at least 40 different languages, but it was also used within native communities as an alternative to their spoken languages and as a primary language for deaf people.

Heart With No Beat Offers Hope Of New Lease On Life hide captionAn X-ray shows the dual turbinelike blood pumps that replaced Craig Lewis' heart. These devices were used in a last attempt to save his life. Courtesy of the Texas Heart Institute An X-ray shows the dual turbinelike blood pumps that replaced Craig Lewis' heart. These devices were used in a last attempt to save his life. The search for the perfect artificial heart seems never-ending. But Dr. Inside the institute's animal research laboratory is an 8-month-old calf with a soft brown coat named Abigail. "If you listened to her chest with a stethoscope, you wouldn't hear a heartbeat," says Cohn. The pumps spin Abigail's blood and move it through her body. "By every metric we have to analyze patients, she's not living," Cohn says. Human Trials In March, after practicing on 38 calves, Cohn and Frazier felt confident enough to try their device on a human patient. In Lewis' case, his heart became so damaged, doctors said he had about 12 hours left to live. Linda Lewis Progress and Setbacks

The Genius in All of Us Native American People (First Nations and American Indian Cultures) Determined to be different: what we do changes the wiring of our genes The human genome provides penetrating and unexpected insights into human individual and collective history. Among them is the counterintuitive idea that genes are at the mercy of experience – that what we do in our lives affects which genes are switched on and off. A stressful experience, for example, can make you more vulnerable to infection, because stress hormones indirectly alter the switches that control the expression of genes. So, far from genes being the cause of how we act, the new understanding sees them as just as much a consequence of how we act. On a much longer, evolutionary timescale, the same reversal of causation is necessary. We now know that many genetic changes in human beings are driven by cultural ones, at least as much as the other way round. For example, the ability to digest lactose as adults spread among Africans and Europeans because of dairy farming, rather than vice versa. Blue eyes may be a consequence of the invention of agriculture.

The WWW Virtual Library Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide k – regular k as in kayak. Example: kriyá kh – like the t_h in teak_house Example: sukha g – regular g as in God Example: guòa gh – like the g_h in big_house Example: ghat ´ – as in ring Example: pi´gala c – regular ch as in chant Example: cakra ch – like the ch_h in ranch_house Example: gacchati j – regular j as in Jesus Example: jíva jh – like the geh in hedgehog Example: jhalá ñ – as in cañyon Example: Patañjali ó – pronounce the letter t with the tongue rolled up. óh – same as above, followed by an aspirated h. æ – pronounce the letter d with tongue rolled up Example: kuòæaliní æh – same as above, followed by an aspirated h (rare) ò – pronounce the letter n with tongue rolled up. t – regular t as in talk Example: sat th – like the t_h in light_house Example: tathá d – regular d as in disciple Example: deva dh – like the d_h in red_house Example: samádhi n – regular n as in nectar Example: nirvikalpa p – regular p as in prayer Example: Paramahamsa b – regular b as in blessing Example: Bábá

Chandra :: Photo Album :: The Big Chandra Picture The Big Chandra Picture In more than a decade of operation, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has transformed our view of the high-energy Universe with its ability to make exquisite X-ray images of star clusters, supernova remnants, galactic eruptions, and collisions between clusters of galaxies. As Chandra expands the realm of the known, it continues to raise new questions and point the way for future exploration. This photo blog presents some of Chandra's most spectacular images in a large and shareable format. Follow Chandra on Twitter 10 Apr 2014 G352.7-0.1: Supernovas are the spectacular ends to the lives of many massive stars. 03 Apr 2014 El Gordo: This is a composite image of X-rays from Chandra and optical data from Hubble of the galaxy cluster ACT-CL J0102-4915, located about 7 billion light years from Earth. 20 Mar 2014 DEM L241: When a massive star runs out fuel, it collapses and explodes as a supernova. 05 Mar 2014 04 Mar 2014 18 Feb 2014 06 Feb 2014 23 Jan 2014 08 Jan 2014 04 Dec 2013

L'abeille en héraldique L'abeille est un animal héraldique par excellence car sa symbolique est particulièrement riche. Traditionnellement, elle représente l'énergie vitale, c'est-à-dire l'âme. Quand elle est en nombre autour d'un rucher, elle évoque la cohésion sociale et l'industrie. Mais s'agissant de blasons plus récents, cette représentation est généralement liée à une activité simplement apicole Aristée, fils du dieu Apollon, possédait un rucher. Mais il voulut séduire Eurydice, l'épouse d'Orphée, et celle-ci, en échappant à ses avances, mourut d'une morsure de serpent. Principales représentations héraldiques de l'abeille. Principales représentations héraldiques de la ruche. Alçay-Alçabéhéty-Sunharette (Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Aquitaine) D'azur au loup d'argent sortant d'une ruche d'or, accompagné d'abeilles d'or sans nombre. Sous le Premier Empire, le blason des grandes villes comportait obligatoirement un chef de gueules chargé de trois abeilles d'or. Anvers (Belgique) Apprieu (Isère, Rhône-Alpes) Arcachon Brioude

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Vowels So, in case you’ve not noticed, this site isn’t meant to be taken entirely seriously. Vowels are just sounds produced by passing voicing through an otherwise unobstructed vocal tract, and they’re not going away any time soon. Rather than trying to rewrite history, school teachers are teaching the English writing system, which, although a gigantic trainwreck, is still useful to students in their everyday lives. Phonological reduction is a part of the circle of vocalic life, as necessary as a sunset is to a summer evening. And no matter how many vowels Pat Sajak may sell on Wheel of Fortune, there will always be enough left over for us to use. However, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be aware of all the wonderful spoken vowels out there, in English and around the world. As well as 5 diphthongs (vowels which start in one place and then glide to another place in the mouth): Acknowledge them.

31 Year Anniversary of Mount St. Helens Eruption (31 Pics) Mount St. Helens erupting with Spirit Lake reflection 05-19-82. This was just the beginning. Mount St. Helens and the devastated area is now within the 110,000-acre Mount St. May 19, 1982: Plumes of steam, gas, and ash often occurred at Mount St. When Mount St. Mount St. During Mount St. Reid Blackburn’s (photographer, National Geographic, Vancouver Columbian) car, about 10 miles from Mount St. The May 18th, 1980 eruption of the Mount St. After May 18th, five more explosive eruptions of Mount St. Nearly 135 miles (220 kilometers) of river channels surrounding the volcano [Mt. In May 1985 a permanent tunnel was opened, allowing water to drain out of the Spirit Lake safely. 360° panorama of Mount Saint Helens from 4,100 feet on the North-Eastern slope near the summit of Alpine Butte. Mount St. During the May 18, 1980 eruption, at least 17 separate pyroclastic flows descended the flanks of Mount St. April 27, 1980: A “bulge” developed on the north side of Mount St. Mt. Mount St.

Sir Ken Robinson Opening Keynote #ASTD2013 @sirkenrobinson These are my live blogged notes from the opening session at the ASTD International Conference & Expo (ICE) -- happening this week in Dallas, TX. 10,000 or so training and development people here to extend their practice. We all have deep talents, but it’s often the case that we don’t discover them. Human talent are like the world’s natural resources – they are often buried beneath the surface. And if you don’t go looking for them you’ll never find them. You need circumstances for talent to demonstrate themselves… Whether you actually discover your talents is another matter. Why don’t we discover what we’re good at? What really makes you a success is PASSION. When it’s just a job, you’re disengaged. People who love what they do…”this isn’t what I do, it’s who I am.” Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (Sir Ken book, published ten years ago.) When a really original idea turns up, it excites everyone’s imagination. Today we have a crisis in human resources.

Indo-European - About Indo-European language revival The Dnghu ('Language') Association is an international, non-profit organization located in Europe, whose main mission is to promote the Indo-European language and culture. Its primary concerns today are: The development the Modern Indo-European grammatical system, to bring the reconstructed Proto-Indo-European language to its full potential as a living language.Teaching it as a second language for all European citizens.The adoption of Modern Indo-European by the European Union as its main official language The use of Indo-European (its three main dialects) as the main international auxiliary language, to reduce present-day communication and cultural barriers. Indo-European language revival history Having begun in 2004 as a personal project, it was founded in 2005 as the Dnghu Group. A legal framework for language revival The Dnghu Association is financed by a private Spanish education company, Academia Biblos, and its work is supported by professors from Extremadura University.