Posts by Tag

category theory

ACT2020 conference notes: Main sessions

14 minute read

In the previous four posts I organized my notes from the ACT2020 Tutorial Day. In this post I’ll continue to note down things I’ve learned from the main sess...

Category theory notes 8: Functoriality

6 minute read

Fong & Spivak refer to category, functor, and natural transformation as the “big three” of category theory in their newly published textbook An Invitatio...

Category theory notes 7: Categorical idioms

8 minute read

Idioms and slangs are an important part of human language. They are short, expressive, and vividly reflect regional/historical mind-sets. And they are usuall...

Category theory notes 6: Think big

5 minute read

Category theory is spectacularly big. But exactly how big is it? Consider a set $A$. It can hold a huge number of elements, say, all grains of sand on Earth....

Category theory notes 5: Arrows and diagrams

7 minute read

Arrows are so vital to category theory that Awodey jokingly refers to the theory as “archery” (Category Theory, p. 2). Given two objects in a category, an ar...

Category theory notes 4: Monoid

8 minute read

Monoid is one of those concepts that are extremely simple, extremely useful, and can at the same time be extremely confusing. It was one of the first concept...

Back to top ↑

Chinese

Back to top ↑

generative grammar

Back to top ↑

education

Why are apples so beloved (linguistically)?

5 minute read

Many years ago, probably when I was in grade six or seven, I accidentally overheard the following snippet from a family conversation. The speaker was the wif...

Back to top ↑

I Ching

Back to top ↑

divination

Back to top ↑

textbook

Back to top ↑

experience

My blog is one year old!

2 minute read

I started blogging last August. Now it’s August again and I can proudly announce that my blog is one year old 🥳! In the past year I wrote fifty-four blog pos...

First post of 2020

2 minute read

It’s been quite a while since I last updated my blog, and we’re now already two months into 2020 and one month into the Year of the Rat (kung hei fat choy!)....

Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020!

4 minute read

Today is Dec 31, the last day of 2019 as well as the last day of the past decade. Tomorrow we’ll be entering a new era, at least physically, and I hope many ...

My science communication experiences

11 minute read

“So what is linguistics?” This is a question I have been asked many times, both by academics from other disciplines and by friends and relatives outside acad...

My first post: Why blogging?

2 minute read

I had mulled over the idea of opening a blog for a long time before finally taking action. The problem was that every time I had got very close to actually d...

Back to top ↑

fiction

Dobby’s pronominal system

5 minute read

Recently I rewatched the Harry Potter movies on a whim. Then, I also began relistening to the audiobooks to fill in the missing plots from the cinematographi...

Back to top ↑

vocabulary

Why are apples so beloved (linguistically)?

5 minute read

Many years ago, probably when I was in grade six or seven, I accidentally overheard the following snippet from a family conversation. The speaker was the wif...

Back to top ↑

conference

CamCoS 9 conference notes: Day 1

11 minute read

So I’m attending this year’s Cambridge Comparative Syntax conference (CamCoS 9), not as a speaker or student helper this time but only as an audience member....

Back to top ↑

efficiency

Back to top ↑

second language

Back to top ↑

Three-Body

Back to top ↑

Cixin Liu

Back to top ↑

universe

Back to top ↑

sci-fi

Back to top ↑

alien

Back to top ↑

history

Back to top ↑

media

Back to top ↑

blog

My blog is one year old!

2 minute read

I started blogging last August. Now it’s August again and I can proudly announce that my blog is one year old 🥳! In the past year I wrote fifty-four blog pos...

My first post: Why blogging?

2 minute read

I had mulled over the idea of opening a blog for a long time before finally taking action. The problem was that every time I had got very close to actually d...

Back to top ↑

polyglot

Back to top ↑

vowel harmony

Back to top ↑

why

Why are apples so beloved (linguistically)?

5 minute read

Many years ago, probably when I was in grade six or seven, I accidentally overheard the following snippet from a family conversation. The speaker was the wif...

Back to top ↑

medium language

Back to top ↑

bilingualism

Back to top ↑

dementia

Back to top ↑

longevity

Back to top ↑

letter word

Back to top ↑

origin of language

Where is language from? (Part 2)

6 minute read

I began my previous post “Where is language from? (Part 1)” by commenting on a recent online article about the origin of language. Then I went on to compare ...

Where is language from? (Part 1)

6 minute read

A while ago I came across a website for a Genetic Literacy Project. The slogan of the Project is “science not ideology,” and its goal is to promote science l...

Back to top ↑

evolution

Where is language from? (Part 2)

6 minute read

I began my previous post “Where is language from? (Part 1)” by commenting on a recent online article about the origin of language. Then I went on to compare ...

Where is language from? (Part 1)

6 minute read

A while ago I came across a website for a Genetic Literacy Project. The slogan of the Project is “science not ideology,” and its goal is to promote science l...

Back to top ↑

gene

Where is language from? (Part 2)

6 minute read

I began my previous post “Where is language from? (Part 1)” by commenting on a recent online article about the origin of language. Then I went on to compare ...

Where is language from? (Part 1)

6 minute read

A while ago I came across a website for a Genetic Literacy Project. The slogan of the Project is “science not ideology,” and its goal is to promote science l...

Back to top ↑

repost

Back to top ↑

doubt

My first post: Why blogging?

2 minute read

I had mulled over the idea of opening a blog for a long time before finally taking action. The problem was that every time I had got very close to actually d...

Back to top ↑

Hungarian

Back to top ↑

Korean

Back to top ↑

French

Back to top ↑

third language

Back to top ↑

target language

Back to top ↑

metalanguage

Back to top ↑

stories

Back to top ↑

subculture

Back to top ↑

part of speech

Back to top ↑

physics

Back to top ↑

grammar

Dobby’s pronominal system

5 minute read

Recently I rewatched the Harry Potter movies on a whim. Then, I also began relistening to the audiobooks to fill in the missing plots from the cinematographi...

Back to top ↑

pronoun

Dobby’s pronominal system

5 minute read

Recently I rewatched the Harry Potter movies on a whim. Then, I also began relistening to the audiobooks to fill in the missing plots from the cinematographi...

Back to top ↑

emoji

Back to top ↑

Internet

Back to top ↑

letter-word

Back to top ↑