Bridget Samuels has a blog, ilani ilani, with the enticing description “Putting the ‘sin’ back in syntax and the ‘ho’ back in phonology.” Recent posts are on protosyntax and snowglobes (or whatever you call them). And in her first post she says this about the blog’s name: “The title comes from the Hittite expression for step by step, which perhaps explains the cuneiform background and the little pointy-headed figurine dude in the corner.”

I discovered her via Christopher Culver’s new Безѹмниѥ [Bezumnie], and anyone who remembers his former blog Nephelokokkygia will be as delighted as I am that he’s returned to blogging. In his Welcome post he says:

A year ago I managed a weblog called Nephelokokkygia, charting my interest in comparative Indo-European linguistics. I later took it down, feeling that I would be speaking too authoritatively for an undergraduate student, and frequently finding I had little to write about. Immediately afterward, however, my studies began to give me much more to think about, and I decided to see training in comparative Indo-European linguistics as a stepping-stone to comparative Uralic linguistics. Encouraged by some acquaintances, I have decided to set up a new blog. Безѹмниѥ (Old Church Slavonic for ‘Ignorance’ but the root of the Russian word for ‘Insanity’) will serve as a record of my progress as I have gotten way over my head in a field bent on maddening and impoverishing me.

Finally, Heidi Harley’s HeiDeas (ie, “Heidi’s”) describes itself as “Linguistics, science, books, movies, cartoons, whathaveyou,” but so far the focus is on linguistics, with recent posts on the phrase grand theft auto and Longer-than-your-average-compound compounds, the latter ending with a truly magnificent picture of a “run you over horse.”

Welcome, all!


  1. Thanks for the plug! I’m a fan of your blog and its banner background. 😉

  2. Well, you would be, wouldn’t you?

  3. it seems so clean..i like it 🙂
    i don’t know what to do about my blog:

  4. Hey hat — thanks mucho! Also glad you appreciate the photo of the run you over horse; I thought it was just too good to keep to myself. 🙂 hh

  5. Bridget’s tagline made me laugh out loud 🙂
    Thanks for the tips, LH!

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