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CamCoS 9 conference notes: Day 1

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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....

Dobby’s pronominal system

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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...

My blog is one year old!

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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...

ACT2020 conference notes: Main sessions

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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...

Where is language from? (Part 2)

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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)

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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...

First post of 2020

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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!)....

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Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020!

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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

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“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...

Why are apples so beloved (linguistically)?

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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...

Category theory notes 8: Functoriality

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

My first post: Why blogging?

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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...

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