Thursday, July 28, 2011

Today in Language: Marc Miyake

The linguist Marc Miyake, specialist in Old Japanese and Tangut, was born on this day in 1971. I bet you never heard of Tangut before today. I had never heard of it before I heard of Miyake, a Hawaiian with Japanese middle (Hideo) and last names.

Miyake is not a dead 19th- or 20th-century linguist that we can only talk about. He actually has is own blog, Amritas, where you can read exceedingly technical posts about Old Japanese and Tangut. Miyake talks about the sorts of things I hope to know/understand better one day. It's great that young linguists like Miyake are continuing the development of modern linguistics.

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