Welcome to the page for all my articles. To narrow down the list, use the drop-down menu above to find articles on a variety of topics, including:

  • Indo-European linguistics
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  • Learning Czech – My Top Ten Terrors
    It is a truth widely acknowledged that the Czech language is a bit tricky to learn. Naturally, ‘difficulty’ and ‘ease’ in second-language acquisition are inexact and unscientific concepts – a native Slovak speaker, for example, will have a far better time picking up Czech than someone like me, doomed to speak English, its very distantContinue reading “Learning Czech – My Top Ten Terrors”
  • La Joie de Joret
    What is the Joret line? And why should I care about it? To begin, a definition: isogloss noun /ˈaɪsəɡlɒs/ /ˈaɪsəɡlɑːs/ (linguistics)​a line on a map that separates places where a particular feature of a language is different. (Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary) Named after Charles Joret, the Joret line is an isogloss that runs through northern France andContinue reading “La Joie de Joret”
  • Rhotacism, and how it can help your Latin
    If you have studied a little Latin, you may have come across an important, yet rather annoying group of nouns. They belong to the third declension, are neuter in gender and end in -us in the nominative singular. They include words like tempus ‘time’, corpus ‘body’ and pectus ‘chest’. They look like nice second-declension nouns,Continue reading “Rhotacism, and how it can help your Latin”
  • The Economic Sandwiches of York
    The Adventures of Proto-Indo-European *weiḱ- What links sandwiches to Vikings, and York to Czech villages? Why, etymology of course! One reconstructed Proto-Indo-European word has enjoyed enormous success in its subsequent, post-PIE life, in part thanks to its useful meaning, in part to the prestige of the languages that inherited it. This word is *weiḱ– andContinue reading “The Economic Sandwiches of York”
  • The Neuter Gender – A Very Useful Rule!
    A Bit of Background The Indo-European family is a big group of languages that are spoken all over the world. There’s a good chance that, if you are learning a foreign language at the moment, it belongs to this family. Indo-European languages are united in their descent from a single, prehistoric language, which we callContinue reading “The Neuter Gender – A Very Useful Rule!”
  • Introduction
    Hello! That’s it. That’s the introduction. Okay, so, no, I would like to use this first post to set some things out. This is my blog; it’s personal, but I want for it to be, first and foremost, about linguistics and language learning, and for providing interesting and practical information about the languages I enjoy.Continue reading “Introduction”

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