Monthly Archives: March 2014

Empirical methods in language construction

Başak Aray Université Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne, EXeCO (PHICO) Efforts to establish an international auxiliary language (IAL) have a long history. Projects to overcome ethnic languages flourished in the 17th century Britain. Creators of these “philosophical languages” (Descartes, Dalgarno, Wilkins,

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Language and smell: traces of synesthesia in premodern learning

Raf Van Rooy PhD fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) University of Leuven It is well known that, in present-day English, the verb ‘smell’ can obtain a negative connotation when used intransitively; the adjective derived from it, ‘smelly’,

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