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Incidental Language Acquisition Update 7

By • Sep 3rd, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, language, Research

My last update summarized the summer portion of my research pretty well. After finishing the novels, the main question was how to format them, and in what format to distribute them to participants. I believe I will distribute them as physical books, to decrease the likelihood of participants looking up translations, or “skimming” them to […]

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Incidental Language Acquisition Update 6

By • Aug 18th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, language, Research

A quick review of what I am doing: I am taking a novel written in English in the public domain, and selecting words to translate to Spanish (without offering an explanation or translation). The aim is to see whether readers can incidentally learn these Spanish words just through reading them, rather than having their English […]

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Incidental Language Acquisition Update 5

By • Aug 5th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, language, Research

A quick review of what I am doing: I am taking a novel written in English in the public domain, and selecting words to translate to Spanish (without offering an explanation or translation). The aim is to see whether readers can incidentally learn these Spanish words just through reading them, rather than having their English […]

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Window into the Czech Soul: Moravian Dialect and Janáček’s Speech Melodies (Update 4)

By • Aug 5th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, language, Research

Over the last week, I have been looking into Janáček’s use of the Moravian dialect of Czech in his vocal works, including operas, and his creation and study of what he called “speech melodies.” I had previously done general research on these topics in order to have a bit of background knowledge, but this week […]

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Incidental Language Acquisition Update 4

By • Jul 28th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, language, Research

A quick review of what I am doing: I am taking a novel written in English in the public domain, and selecting words to translate to Spanish (without offering an explanation or translation). The aim is to see whether readers can incidentally learn these Spanish words just through reading them, rather than having their English […]

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Incidental Language Acquisition Update 3

By • Jul 14th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, language, Research

A quick review of what I am doing: I am taking a novel written in English in the public domain, and selecting words to translate to Spanish (without offering an explanation or translation). The aim is to see whether readers can incidentally learn these Spanish words just through reading them, rather than having their English […]

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Incidental Language Acquisition Update 2

By • Jul 4th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, language, Research

A quick review of what I am doing: I am taking a novel written in English in the public domain, and selecting words to translate to Spanish (without offering an explanation or translation). The aim is to see whether readers can incidentally learn these Spanish words just through reading them, rather than having their English […]

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Constructed Language: Conclusion

By • May 30th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, language, Research

Introduction We now near the end of our long journey through the lore, technique, and arcana of constructed language. In the first week of my research, I studied existing constructed languages, ranging from the most useful (e.g., Esperanto) to the most abstruse (e.g., Ithkuil). I used what I found in my first 40 hours to […]

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Constructed Language: Second Week

By • May 25th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, language, Research

During my second week of research into constructed language, I worked on constructing and describing my own language. Hilariously enough, although I expected this phase of research to be the simplest, it was very difficult. I began by creating a list of goals for my language, including a hierarchical derivational morphology, extreme simplicity and comprehensibility, […]

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Constructed Language: First Week

By • May 18th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, language, Research

Introduction In the first week of my research, I focused on existing constructed languages (Ithkuil, Blissymbolics, Idiom Neutral, Esperanto, Tolkien languages, etc.) and on the logic and rationale behind their creation. Here, I will summarize my findings, beginning with a general overview and categorization of constructed language, and then moving on to a discussion of […]

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