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- Critiques of Edward Baptist
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- Did inequality cause the First World War?
- Did the "Invisible Blockade" against Allende work?
- Economic growth in ancient Greece
- Fascism was not left-wing!!!
- Greece from Post-war orthodoxy to "Democratic Peronism"
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- Labour repression & the Indo-Japanese divergence
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- Nazi political economy
- Random Thoughts on Robert Allen's theory of the Industrial Revolution
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Category Archives: Languages
Toponyms & Ethnonyms: a brief ramble
Rambling about toponyms and ethnonyms in various languages.
Posted in Languages 10 Comments
A very brief history of Greek diglossia.
Posted in Ancient Greek, Languages Tagged Ancient Greek, Demotic, Demotiki, Diglossia, Greek, Katharevousa 9 Comments
Stream-of-consciousness thoughts about why we say “Semitic” even though the root is “Shem”. And, yes, I know the Hebrew letters in the title say “semitic sibboleth” and not “shemitic shibboleth”.
Posted in Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Languages Tagged Bible, Greek, Hebrew, Masoretes, Semitic, Shem, Shibboleth 14 Comments
I just noticed Tyler Cowen had blogged a Boston Globe article about the number of loanwords in various languages (is there something from the press Cowen will not blog ?), and his own take was to ask, which major language has the lowest percentage of foreign … Continue reading
Posted in East Asia, Food, Languages Tagged calques, Chinese, Chinese borrowings from Japanese, Hanzi, Japanese-made Chinese words, Kanji, loanwords, wasei kango, 和製漢語 14 Comments
Polish Illiquidity Preference
If Monty Python decided to resdesign Slavic phonology, they might take some inspiration from Polish.
Posted in Languages Tagged L-vocalisation, language, Polish 7 Comments