October 20th, 2007


Bilingualism + First language atrittion

I have this Project for an introductory class in Applied Linguistics I’m taking and I’m having a hard time deciding what it is I want to do. I thought it was “First language attrition in a first language dominated context”, but my teacher said it doesn’t fit the bill because “attrition” means lose and not simply “diminution” of ability and fluency (say, from native to advance).

Now I’ve come up with “the detrimental side- effects of bilingualism” and I quite like it, everybody is so crazy about bilingualism’s advantages that I want to know what are those things nobody ever mentions (but that are based on research and not just monolingual prejudices and the like). Googling and such has resulted in very little material and nothing specific, so I think what I need is a “linguistic” term for this so I can research further. Any opinions on (the existence of) the topic are, of course, also welcome.

Thanks in advance :)


Of anniversaries

If "Xth anniversary" is being used as an adjective, would you hyphenate it?

If that doesn't make sense, consider the following examples, both of which come from my thesis:

1. "...coincided with the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic..."
2. "...a 75th-anniversary display which featured..."

Is the second example correct, or would you call it a "75th anniversary display", without the hyphen? I've believed the hyphen to be correct, but a friend who proofread my thesis questioned the usage, and I'd prefer not to be making a mistake.

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(Feel free to remove this if it's not allowed!)

Hi everyone,
Next year I will be attending college (College of Wooster hopefully) and I would really like to double major in Classic and Russian Studies while minoring in Education. This year is my fourth year of Latin so I'm no stranger to the classics. I am, however, unfamiliar with Russian to an extent. I've read some Russian literature and I'm very interested in the language and history but I have not taken a class in any of it yet. But yes anyway let me get to the point of this post: have any of you done both of these things? I'm really just looking for any insight into how difficult a major in the Classics or Russian Studies is alone and maybe what could be expected from doing both. To be honest, any information regarding majoring in two areas and teaching either would be greatly appreciated!
chat noir

Beginners' French

I just got hired to work for a student tutoring network, and I'll be meeting with my first student next weekend. She's ESL but she signed up because she wants to learn French (starting from square one, basically). I'm not entirely sure what her goal is and why she's hiring a tutor - taking a course through a community college or something would be a lot cheaper in the long run and she would actually get a certified teacher (which I am not). She's doing the same with a Spanish tutor. Anyway. She has no textbooks or anything yet, so I was wondering if anyone could suggest a decent one? I have textbooks of my own, but none that are geared towards beginners. And any good online resources that I could use in the interim? Thanks!

No offence, just fun!

Really,I have found it in my ex-stident LJ. The point is - this is some kind of children "The Star Fabric"or something, children sing the song on some Oriental language (Armenian?) of unknown content but for Russian native-speaker it's SOUNDS like abracadabra of Russian offensive words. Some guys in Russia has dicided to make a some kind of karaoke from this...if you understand some Russian you understand the sense.

Dangerous! Russian explicit lyric
Осторожно! Ненормативная лексика!

Mystery handwriting

Can anyone decipher or recognise the text and language on this postcard? It was bought at a flea market in Norway, but the what-might-be diacritics make me think it's a West Slavic language. There is no stamp on it, or any other indication of where it might be from.

Click the photo for higher resolution.

I'll be glad to hear anything you might think of.