December 16, 2011

Season's greetings from India

Alexei Kochetov is sending his season's greetings from Mysore, India, where he is currently a visiting scholar at the All-India Institute ofSpeech and Hearing (AIISH). He recently went on a trip to Nilgiri Hills, Tamilnadu, a remote mountainous area which is home to several indigenous tribes speaking distinct Dravidian languages. These pictures are from a village of the Toda, whose language is known for a typologically unique series of consonant place contrasts (as studied by Peter Ladefoged some 20 years ago). More pictures are available at Alexei's website.

December 13, 2011

50th anniversary of Linguistics at MIT

Cristina, Yoonjung and Diane went to MIT50 (Dec 9-11 2011), the 50th anniversary of Linguistics at MIT.