Friday, August 15, 2014

Signs, Symbols, Characters and Letters Leading to Our ABCs: The Syllabic Origins of Writing and the Alphabet

The Syllabic Origins of Writing and the Alphabet
my new book
is now available....

For the print edition, click
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This is the Kindle edition for the various Kindle devices,
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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Ancient Signs The Alphabet and the Origins of Writing: epubli Publisher Pages Now Available in English Language


The Berlin publisher -- epubli -- of my recently published book,
Ancient Signs The Alphabet and the Origins of Writing,
now has its pages up in English
for those of you who have been considering
getting a print or ebook copy of Ancient Signs.

The English-language pages are now at epubli.com
while the German-language pages are at epubli.de.

Happy reading!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ancient Signs: The Alphabet and the Origins of Writing

Ancient Signs: The Alphabet and the Origins of Writing
by Andis Kaulins is now available in 4 versions
(b/w, color, and both of those also as ebooks)
at
http://www.epubli.com/shop/autor/Andis-Kaulins/3682.

In Ancient Signs, the author traces the origins of writing and the alphabet to syllabic writing systems in ancient cultures and shows that these have one common origin.

Ancient Signsprint b/w version black and white inside
B/W inside
200 pages, 90 gram paper
Price: €35.99 (about US $47 on day of posting)
for the B/W print version of Ancient Signs
Ancient Signs traces the origins of the alphabet to syllabic writing.
Softcover - print b/w, cover in color

Ancient Signs
eBook b/w version black and white version
B/W inside
200 pages
Price: €27.99 (about US $37 on day of posting)
for the B/W eBook version of Ancient Signs
Ancient Signs traces the origins of the alphabet to syllabic writing. Ancient Signs
  

color print version color inside
COLOR inside
200 pages, 150 gram glossy paper
Price: €149.00 (about US $196 on day of posting)
for the color print version of Ancient Signs
Ancient Signs traces the origins of the alphabet to syllabic writing.
Hardcover - print and cover in color Ancient Signs
 
color eBook version color inside
COLOR inside
200 pages
Price: €39.99 (about US $52 on day of posting)
for the color inside eBook version of Ancient Signs
Ancient Signs traces the origins of the alphabet to syllabic writing.


Enjoy Reading.



Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Power of a Second Language: Are Bilinguals Smarter?


New studies show that learning a second language (or more) may make you smarter.

Yudhijit Bhattacharjee has the story at the New York Times in The Benefits of Bilingualism

Friday, December 09, 2011

Lie Detection in Speech and Language Processing


Anne Eisenberg reports at Business Day at The New York Times that Lie-Detection Software Is a Research Quest in speech and language processing.

Gee, that would surely beat juries in law and would perhaps knock out as many as 99% of all political candidates.

Who would be left?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Origin and Etymology of the Names of Northern European Peoples: Scandinavians, Scots as Possibly Deriving From SGOTH "boat, skiff"


Did the Scandinavians and Scots take their names from an ancient Indo-European word SGOTH, SKUTA for "boat, SKIFF"?

MacBain's Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language has:
sgoth
a boat, skiff, a Norway skiff; from Scandinavian - Danish skude, Norse skúta, a cutter, small craft.


RCAHMS database (CANMORE)
of an RCAHMS photograph 1930s of a "galley" on a carved panel,
St Clement's Church, Rodel, Isle of Harris

We read under Scota at the Wikipedia:
"Scota, in Irish mythology, Scottish mythology, and pseudohistory, is the name given to two different mythological daughters of two different Egyptian Pharaohs to whom the Gaels traced their ancestry, allegedly explaining the name Scoti, applied by the Romans to Irish raiders, and later to the Irish invaders of Argyll and Caledonia which became known as Scotland."

Ancient seafarers?

Under Scoti we read:
"Scoti or Scotti was the generic name used by the Romans to describe those who sailed from Ireland to conduct raids on Roman Britain.[1] It was thus synonymous with the modern term Gaels. It is not believed that any Gaelic groups called themselves Scoti in ancient times, except when referring to themselves in Latin.[1]
In the 5th century, these raiders established the kingdom of Dál Riata along the west coast of Scotland. As this kingdom expanded in size and influence, the name was applied to all its subjects – hence the modern terms Scot, Scottish and Scotland."
The currently posited etymology for Scoti is quite obviously wrong for the simplistic ignorance of its etymological suppositions:
"The origin of the word Scoti or Scotti is uncertain. Charles Oman derives it from the Gaelic word Scuit (a man cut-off), suggesting that a Scuit was not a general word for the Gael but a band of outcast raiders. In the 19th century Aonghas MacCoinnich of Glasgow proposed that Scoti was derived from the Gaelic word Sgaothaich. It has also been suggested that it comes from the Greek word skotos (σκότος) meaning darkness."


Tuesday, July 05, 2011

About Linear B and Other Things that Matter from As a Linguist....

A broadly penned post at As a Linguist in Dash-dot-dash-dot…oh, never mind inter alia covers a bit of Linear B and focuses on the personality of its initial decipherer, Michael Ventris.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Linguistics: Culture More Important for Language Development than Linguistic Rules

Amina Khan at the Los Angeles Times reports on research in linguistics that Culture trumps biology in language development:
"Researchers construct evolutionary trees for four linguistic groups and conclude that cultures, not innate preferences, drive the language rules humans create – contrary to the findings of noted linguists Noam Chomsky and Joseph Greenberg."
The lesson here for linguists is that foolish consistencies are the hobgoblin of....

Read the full article.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Linguistics, Law and Democracy in Europe

Research and Markets at BusinessWire.com asks in Linguistic Diversity and European Democracy:
"What role does linguistic diversity play in European democratic and legal processes?"
Read the article here.

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