Archive for October, 2009

October 8th, 2009 - 12:28 pm § in language and thought, language learning

Koko the Gorilla

This was the topic of discussion at last night’s anthropology class… There have been several attempts to teach animals language in the past. What we’ve learned is that some animals may actually have the capacity for language… but none have the speech capabilities that humans [...]

October 2nd, 2009 - 8:01 pm § in etymology, vocabulary, word origins, words of the day

Words of the Day (10/02)

Here’s the next installment of Friday words. For all my Words of the Day posts, click HERE. Etymologies: Fall. (Noun. Synonym for autumn – fall is actually only used in the U.S.). This is from 1664, and it’s short for “fall of the leaf” (1545). Halloween. (Noun. October 31[...]