Category Archives: Language

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Canta, Canta Amigo, Canta


 Canta, canta amigo canta Letra e música: António Macedo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLiCZCYon68 Canta canta amigo canta                                         Sing, my friend, sing vem cantar a nossa canção                                     come and sing our song tu sozinho não és nada                                            you alone are nothing juntos temos … Continue reading

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Capitalism Explained by a Nurse


Words, words, words.  Many people think that a word is a thing.  Take sex, most of us have different images of a simple three-letter word:  I don’t have space to list all of them.  If you say something is a … Continue reading

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A Rope for Paula Deen


Politically Incorrect! Time is a dimension of experience, one that cannot be recaptured. In that time the dynamic process of growth and maturity occurs.  In the words of T.S. Eliot, Because I know that time is always time And place … Continue reading

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Carlos Drummond de Andrade – José


And now, José? the party’s over, the light is out, the people have gone, the night has chilled, and now, José? and now, you? you who are nameless, who scoffs at others you who versifies, who loves, protests? and now, … Continue reading

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Portugal 1972


The first song I learned in Portugal was at the motel Continental in Oeiras.  I had met a group of high school seniors who called themselves “Os bandidos da praia.”  They called themselves this because there was a cottage industry … Continue reading

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Protolanguage Pronunciation Re-creation


Interesting notion, recapturing the sound of a proto-language.  I’m familiar with a few romance languages and a couple of norse/germanic languages and am always surprised how languages change.  There are languages, dialects, patois, and pidgins sometimes barely intelligible from village … Continue reading

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Linguistics: Ithkuil, a Constructed Language With Interesting Associations


I was first introduced to languages at four or five when my parents went on assignment to Cuba for six months.  It was painful.  I ran to my mother complaining that I couldn’t get the cook to make me a … Continue reading

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