Why Language?

A repository of quotes or thoughts.

  • “Language must speak for itself”, Joseph Kosuth, 1991, work of art

  • “The word in language is half someone else’s. It becomes one’s own only when the speaker populates it with his own intentions, his own accent, when he appropriates the word, adapting it to his own semantic and expressive intention.“, Mikhail Bakhtin

  • “Analyzing the relation between language and thought is a bit like trying embrace a cloud. It is hard to know if you are dealing with reality or illusion, and if the former is assumed, it is hard to know if you have discovered something significant or are merely putting into words something that is already perfectly obvious to everyone” - Langacker, R. W. (1976). Semantic representations and the linguistic relativity hypothesis. Foundations of language, 307-357.

  • “Grammar is bricolage” - Koenig, J., & Michelson, K. (2020). Specialized-domain grammars and the architecture of grammars: Possession in Oneida. Journal of Linguistics, 1-40., via Goldberg, A. E., & Herbst, T. (2021). The nice-of-you construction and its fragments, Linguistics, 59(1)

  • “La scuola tradizionale ha insegnato come si deve dire una cosa. La scuola democratica insegnerà come si può dire una cosa, in quale fantastico infinito universo di modi distinti di comunicare noi siamo proiettati nel momento in cui abbiamo da risolvere il problema di dire una cosa” - Tullio De Mauro, Scuola e linguaggio. Roma: Editori Riuniti, 1981

Why Linguistics?

A repository of papers that inspired me during the years.

  • McClelland, J. L. (1992). Can connectionist models discover the structure of natural language. Minds, Brains and Computers, 168-189 [pdf]

  • Elman, J. L. (2009). On the meaning of words and dinosaur bones: Lexical knowledge without a lexicon. Cognitive science, 33(4), 547-582. [pdf]

  • MasakhaneNLP (2020). Participatory Research for Low-resourced Machine Translation: A Case Study in African Languages [pdf] [video]