Monthly Archives: May 2011

Linguists on foot #3 – Knulp

Yesterday and the day before I´ve been writing about people who used languages for trade. Today it is the turn of Knulp, who used language for friendship. Strictly speaking, you couldn’t describe him as a linguist. In some ways he … Continue reading

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Linguists on foot # 2 – The “linen men”

This handsome statue stands in Willingen and is known as the Linnenkerl, linen man. Willingen is in the hilliest part of our region, the Sauerland in North Rhine Westphalia, and we were there to check out the possibility of paragliding … Continue reading

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Linguists on foot #1 – Hendrik Busman

One of the interesting things about languages is how they spread and change. In the last couple of weeks I have seen two statues of merchants who carried goods, on foot, from one town to the next. They must have … Continue reading

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Languages in the shower: Wetspeak

This morning an idea came to me, to do with learning vocab. While shampooing, I was wondering what the German word for scalp was.  Then: wouldn´t it be useful to think of a few other relevant words each time I … Continue reading

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