The Balto-Finnic Languages

Finnish & Estonian: A "Case" Study

April 27, 2022

Fewer people speak Finnish and Estonian combined than the population of New York City by a margin of some 2.5 million, a fact which would be easy to blame on the complexities of the two languages in comparison to… well, most other languages, especially in regard to their case marking systems.

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Honorific Language in Japanese and its Effects on Translator Systems

April 25, 2022

Online translators, such as Google Translate, are a convenient and fast tool to facilitate communication and understanding between speakers of different languages, especially when both parties are not mutually fluent in either language. However, the provided translations are not always accurate, and we can often find strange and unnatural uses of language provided from such translation software.

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Just a Dash of Farsi: Language and Identity

April 24, 2022

What's really the point of those random Farsi words and phrases in Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner"?

Paraisopolis, a favela in Sao Paulo, next to its wealthy neighbor Morumbi

The Wealth Gap Through Content-Based ESL Instruction

April 24, 2022

The wealth gap is a problematic trend that needs to be addressed through education in all parts of the world.

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Lion King’s Hierarchy of Accents and Dialects

April 24, 2022

Animated films often show sugarcoated tales of heroism and romance, however, they are laced with underlying meanings that can influence and exploit our understanding of race and ethnicity.

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Japanese, Ryukyuan, and the 51st State

April 24, 2022

Let’s suppose that one day we all wake up in the same alternate reality – a rather boring one where everything is the same, aside from an island not so far east of Washington.

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The Essentials of Figurative Language through the Whimsical Perspective of Robert Frost

April 24, 2022

For most, poetry is considered to be an unattainable pleasure, in that it’s either governed by the strictly enforced canons of the elite or by rhythmic anarchy itself and its youthful desire to shock or unsettle, but how exactly does Robert Frost utilize the same literary tools to refute these generalizations throughout his work?

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Interviewing Female Superheroes

April 24, 2022

Instead of asking about the roles of the female superheroes or what they thought of the movie, the actresses who play these roles were asked about their skintight suits.

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Linguistics and Familiar Conversation Over Text

April 24, 2022

How obscure can an inside joke become (no bone intended)?

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From Axolotls to Airplanes: How Ancient Aztec Word Construction Translates to the Modern World

April 24, 2022

What do chocolate, an endangered salamander, and a popular restaurant chain have in common? They all have etymological roots in Nahuatl!