Dr. C. Scott Ananian (cananian) wrote,
Dr. C. Scott Ananian

Linguistics and the Meaning Of Being Alive

The title is actually two separate memes, not just one. =)

For your enjoyment (if that is the correct word to use) I'm posting a link to my linguistics paper on English reduplication that I mentioned a few entries back. I'm rather proud of it, actually, in a "proud-father-of-new-work" sort of way. I'm really a complete newcomer to the whole world of Phonology, and it feels *wonderful* to even imagine that perhaps I've tried something no one else has tried before, or thought about a problem in a way quite different from any of those before me. I think I'm feeling a bit at a loss over computer science, these days: so much of the ground has been so thoroughly plowed over, so many ideas that merely lack implementations --- and implementations of existing ideas (although quite hard work) do not a published paper make. There are so many unexplored avenues in linguistics. Even a complete naif can find himself alone sometimes.

Also, here's a little essay I wrote for my Embodied Intelligence class, on what it means to be alive. I think this is the first bit of semi-creative writing I've done for quite some time --- I've been rather happy, ergo no driving creative urge --- and so it pleases me, humble though it is.

Finally, I rediscovered Paco Ignacio Taibo II, a Mexican author of revolutionary mystery novels, today. And because I don't want to lose him again (or Leonardo's Bicycle, an influential book for me), I'm tacking him here, on my web log, for permanent record. And hopefully sharing him with you (whoever you are, you readers) as well. Share and enjoy.
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