Tuesday, 29 October 2019


and it exists

The Book of John starts out with the premise that logos and genesis are intertwined:

in the beginning (genesis) was Reason and Purpose (logos - It)
and It was in accordance with Truth (G*d)
and It was Truth

Jewish Kabbalists have long claimed that the ancient 1 is everywhere and nowhere

-logos is the spontaneous exhalation of the four vowels, i, a, o, e (יהוה) whose scream creates the universe (sila) and our awareness of It while leaving no clues as to why It is.

Truth just exists...

The 'morpheme' is the minimal unit of meaning. It requires context and inflection to acquire its particular sense. Truth is its mechanism.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019


right up to my tenure (is that even a word?) as the President of the United States...POTUS 45...45th...45, every other one beside me has been peachable; I'm impeachable.

Friday, 12 July 2019

Language Universals

The apparent great diversity of the world's human languages belie the fact that they all have things in common:

1. all human languages have nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, tenses, person, number, etc. These are called 'language universals'; they exist in all human languages but are organized differently from language to language.

In fact, it goes even further:

2. linguistic relativity (or, more precisely, the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis), an utterly disproven hypothesis, states that language 'fossilizes' its speakers' worldview and bars their ability to perceive and, therefore, express certain levels of reality. (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hopi_time_controversy for more details)

The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis was used by the Nazis to buttress their claim of intellectual superiority over other races. It, in a different form, is still used today by colonial institutions to justify assimilationist policies, namely through

3. the principle of 'linguistic translatability', which states that languages must share commonalities in order to avoid what is called 'cultural untranslatability'.

To me, 3 is just so much of what is called 'caloric theory' (look it up). The inherent contradictions are laughable, like the caloric theory, but have sad, devastating consequences when implicitly applied to justifying language extinction.

4. as a novice linguist, I was immediately indoctrinated into the notion that what can be conceived of and expressed in one language can also be conceived of and expressed in another language; it may take time and effort, but it can be done semantically, syntactically and in all ways linguistic and psychological (hey, it's language universals at work again).

4 is a humanistic principle that makes all of our work possible: the teachers, the aboriginal students, translators, interpreters, social relations in diverse communities.


Wednesday, 5 June 2019

The uncanny, undeniable parallels between the LGBTQ and indigenous communities

Now that the MMIWG Final report has been made public and the politicians and talking heads have had their say, I think it's very important that we not lose sight of the fact that choice of words ('genocide' vs 'human suffering') and how one presents them matter.

By 'how one presents them' I mean tracing back the findings of the Commission to the families and communities whose souls and hearts have been broken.

I'm attaching a link to a piece on the rise of suicide by gays to drive my point. Replace LGBTQ/gay with indigenous communities in the piece and the truth of it still holds.



Saturday, 13 April 2019

but pestle and mortar...

sticks and stones will break my bones, but pestle and mortar grind them.

Saturday, 30 March 2019