How I got my Google Scholar profile verified

Unfortunately, the neo-liberal age of ranking and statistics is affecting us all, including myself. We all want to be noticed and recognized and we thus give up a chunk of our freedom and privacy to do it. I see this dilemma for what it is and, while I don’t...

Finding inspiration to write about Linguistics again

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m trying to write a book and I often find myself “hiding from it”, as my former advisor used to say. I really want to write this book and I have no doubt that I will be able to write all 200+ pages required of...

ICSTLL53 Acceptance

Guess what? I just got the word that my abstract was accepted for presentation at the 53rd meeting of the International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics. This year marks the first time that the conference is being held virtually from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX....

Using git as a version controller for books (Part 1)

What’s git? Version control? Huh? Okay. So, let’s say that you’re a software programmer. It’s your job to write the code for this huge program and you need: A way to keep backups A way to manage files A way to restore previous edits Let’s say you’re collaborating with...

Announcement: [IN THE WORKS] A descriptive grammar of Sizang Chin

I would like to announce publicly that I have been given the wonderful opportunity to write a monograph with Brill Publishing. The monograph will be edited by Dr. Paul Sidwell, with whom I’ve become acquainted from Linguistics conferences. Basically, I am to take my master’s thesis (available for download...

I wrote this post minimally

You know, I’ve liked the idea of minimalism and minimalist blogs. I’d even contemplated using Luke Smith’s lb blogs package before to write a blog. But, really, the “bloatiness” of WordPress works for me. I’m using another blog package bashblog to write this and it seems pretty painless. However,...

Mea culpa, Hana Bui

Apologizing via the internet is not an easy thing to do. In fact, some would argue it’s a near impossible feat. However, I hope all reading this would know that my apology is sincere. I mis-read and misrepresented Hana Bui’s book, and I’m sorry. In my previous post, I...

Coming back to Duolingo

Duolingo is an app designed to help people learn the basics of languages. Currently, the app offers 35 different courses taught in English. Some of the courses include Latin, Esperanto, Klingon, K’iche’ (available in Spanish only), Bokmål, Swahili, Irish, and Scottish Gaelig. My initial criticism When I first used...

I published with The Myanmar Times again

The Myanmar Times, a privately-owned newspaper based out of Yangon, published a version of my blog post detailing how I can’t learn Urdu, due to COVID-19. The editorial was published in the weekend edition and was edited by Dr. Andrew King. It can be read HERE....

Lack of integrity or apprehensiveness about dignity?

I’ve not lived in Myanmar as long as some and I can’t say that I’ve seen it all. One thing I do catch myself doing, however, is defaulting to my Western worldview every time I find myself in an unfamiliar situation. In fact, that is one piece of wisdom...