Yesterday as I was wandering out of the parking lot on campus, waiting for the caffeine to kick in before another 9am meeting, I stumbled by the same newspaper box I always do, when I saw a giant schwa staring back at me. A local alternative paper, the Metro Times, has an article on a Detroiter who goes by the name ‘Uncle Jerrold’ and his campaign to introduce the schwa as a new letter of the alphabet. The article here is a fascinating read, not because it’s likely to become a reality but because of the ways in which the logic of orthographic reform relates to beliefs about language and cognition.
Archive for September, 2010
Posted by schrisomalis on September 10, 2010
Posted by schrisomalis on September 6, 2010
This evening I was playing around with Wordle (which makes gorgeous word clouds from user-provided text) in preparation for an in-class exercise in my intro linguistic anthropology class tomorrow. And of course I ended up throwing other chunks of text in there, including this rather fetching visual representation of chapter 13 (the conclusion) of Numerical Notation: