Archive for October, 1999

vvv: My Favorite Things

In "The Analytical Language of John Wilkins," Borges describes a Chinese encyclopedia called the Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge, which divides animals into these classes: those that belong to the Emperor embalmed ones those that are trained suckling pigs mermaids fabulous ones stray dogs those included in this classification those that tremble as if they […]

uuu: mi tavla do

Pidgins are created when people who don't share a language try to communicate with each other. Pidgins do have grammar, of course, but they tend not to be carefully constructed; they're created on an ad hoc basis, to serve the needs of their speakers. Many people have taken a more systematic approach to the creation […]