From the Zippy desk at Language Log Plaza

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Two recent Zippy strips with some linguistic interest. The first seems irrelevant until the last panel, when we get yet another reference to Noam Chomsky in the popular media. (See this posting by Mark Liberman, with links to some of these earlier postings. Zippy throws in a Chomsky reference now and then, as here and here.)

The second also seems to have nothing to do with linguistics until the last panel, where we get a reference to languages with small phonemic inventories and cultures "with no concept of X".


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