Archive for the ‘linguistics’ Category
"Chuck" Scarborough of WNBC in NYC said a day or two before the 9/11 ceremony, that instead of a day of remembrance perhaps it should remain a day of "infamy". It makes sense to apply it so, though I think it also requires we remember that there may be other information we need to know. In regards to the attack on Pearl Harbor the honorable Senator from Arkansas, Hattie Ophelia Wyatt Caraway, thought too "gut reaction", decided not to vote for the declaration of war after the attack, so stating in her speech, which required some research and "archaeology" to retrieve in the late 1980s. I looked at a researcher’s work at The Mainichi Daily News, the Japanese press, him or her, not Japanese, who was surprised how little research was done by both countries in regards to the time immediately preceding that WWII "infamy". In that research a translation of a "declaration of war" was never transcribed as the Japanese transcribers were at a funeral "outside the beltway" on an unusually warm December day and the pastor’s eulogy went on for over two hours, the research asserts. I imagine therefore some other history might have occurred, long story short. In any case, we need better language translations, I’m given to understand we still have less than the digits on our hands for Arabic in the FBI.
– Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:57 AM EDT
An ambitious project to identify, explain and provide citations for the words written in cuneiform on clay tablets and carved in stone by Babylonians, Assyrians and others in Mesopotamia between 2500 B.C. and A.D. 100 has been completed after 90 years of labor, the University of Chicago announced June 5.
Comment: Maybe we’ll someday discover the capital of Mitanni, Washshukkanni, which in the 15th century BCE, “emerged as a world power and the equal of Egypt and Babylonia” (“Nuzi and the Hurrians” Semitic Museum, Harvard University online) I studied for a short time one of its city excavations, ancient Nuzi (modern Yorghan Tepe) excavated by Starr of Harvard University, with Elizabeth Stone, PhD of Stony Brook University, who was trying to help train the Iraqis get artifacts back and who want their museum, sacked in a coalition “oversight”, in Baghdad, restored. She had specialized in ancient women’s rights and organizations in ancient times. I read sadly since 2003, they may have even less today, local Iraqi militias now in charge with their own laws.
Every Peace Corps volunteer affects an other American. I applied everywhere but Korea, my uncle went into the Army at 31, and, with an anthropology degree, offered to inoculate Koreans for TB. Since, a former President was jailed. I find it hard to believe a Korean couldn’t do so. Back to square one, where I work in American archaeology and another story.
The Peace Corps thought it might be good to assist the archaeology of the then declared independent Belize in the Mayan culture area on the Yucatan peninsula. I was told a number of people were accepted and shipped there according to a former Stony Brook University classmate. As it turned out, the person in charge of the antiquities for that country, a trusted archaeologist thought the idea a bad one. At the time a terrible civil war was also being fought in nearby Guatemala which has finally ended.
In both cases, and by the way it’s been found that UV light emitters in heating and cooling ducts of large structures is very effective in killing airborne TB bacteria, i.e. in shopping malls, government buildings, etc., that with the proper planning these ideas are good, but need better planning and review and are still important for the work in peace. Tried again, with somewhat different objectives would work. Once upon a time it was stated the Peace Corps were only accepting beekeepers. Hope they helped the bees.
My condolences to the Shrivers, their kin and friends. Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
AP – ARLINGTON, Virginia – Unlike earlier wars, nearly all Arlington National Cemetery gravestones for troops killed in Iraq or Afghanistan are inscribed with the slogan-like operation names the Pentagon selected to promote public support for the conflicts.” Link
Dee Dee’s Mom was named Arlington (wouldn’t be her Dad would it?)