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Day: October 5, 2010

Scientists Uncover New Language in Himalayas

Field Researchers Discover a Language New to Science –

In the foothills of the Himalayas, two field linguists have discovered an oddity as rare as any endangered species—a language completely new to science.

The researchers, who announced their find Tuesday in Washington, D.C., encountered it for the first time along the western ridges of Arunachal Pradesh, India’s northeastern-most state, where more than 120 languages are spoken. There, isolated by craggy slopes and rushing rivers, the hunters and subsistence farmers who speak this rare tongue live in a dozen or so villages of bamboo houses built on stilts.

The researchers identified the language—called Koro—during a 2008 expedition conducted as part of National Geographic’s Enduring Voices project.

“Their language is quite distinct on every level—the sound, the words, the sentence structure,” said Gregory Anderson, director of the nonprofit Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, who directs the project’s research. Details of the language will be documented in an upcoming issue of the journal Indian Linguistics

From Twitter 10-04-2010

  • 08:14:23: Saw the first two episodes of “Leverage” last night. Just what I needed, another TV show to be hooked on. 🙂
  • 11:44:20: @vixy I have it. Did you need it?
  • 11:57:38: RT @RyanNewYork: RT @ajacobthompson: 74 banned #books available for free download in honor of Banned Books Week
  • 11:59:32: @paulapoundstone That’s pretty much just like following what’s going on in Congress on any given week.

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LINK: You just broke your child. Congratulations.

This was shared to me originally over on Facebook by museinred, but I wanted to spread it to a wider audience.

If you are a parent, you need to read this. If you’re ever thinking of becoming a parent, you need to read this.

Oh, hell, you just need to read this, whoever you are. Something to seriously think about.

Single Dad Laughing: You just broke your child. Congratulations.:

I’m going to be blunt. People see my relationship with Noah, and quite often put me up on a pedestal or sing my praises for loving him more than most dads love their own kids.

Damn it. I don’t understand that, and I’ll never understand that. Loving my son, building my son, touching my son, playing with my son, being with my son… these aren’t tasks that only super dads can perform. These are tasks that every dad should perform. Always. Without fail. There is nothing special about me. I am a dad who loves his son and would literally do anything for his well-being, safety, and health. I would gladly take a rake in the face or a jackhammer to my feet before I cut my own son down or make him feel small.

[sigh] I am far from a perfect dad. And I always will be. But I’m a damn good dad, and my son will always feel bigger than anything life can throw at him. Why? Because I get it. I get the power a dad has in a child’s life, and in a child’s level of self-belief. I get that everything I ever do and ever say to my son will be absorbed, for good or for bad. What I don’t get is how some dads don’t get it.

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