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Category Archives: Languages and Linguistics

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RL 102-14 Russian basic grammar #14


Original playout date: 2 February 2008
Duration: 14:13

This time we are looking at how to call and be called, and this brings us nicely into 1b verbs. For the accompaniment to the ending song I am indebted to Krzysztof Piotrowicz of Perth, whose channel here is http://www.youtube.com/kpcart
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The Ebbinghaus forgetting curve on “Ebbinghaus”


Just a little N-gram I did today just to see if Ebbinghaus is subject to his own phenomenon.

And so it is.

In the course of nearly 100 years since Ebbinghaus discovered the forgetting curve, society has effectively followed that curve, or something like it, with regard to his name, although you’ll see at the bottom the n-gram for “forgetting curve” itself is on a gradual modest rise.

It seems to bottom out at around a third of the crest, though, which is also very interesting.

We might suggest from this that society also has a “forgetting curve” but in order to find a GLM style working tangent to the 14 days for society you might need to take a lifetime of 70 years.

If you were to be running a trust the objects of which were to make a certain concept known by a number of people for ever, it would make sense to run publicity drives on a generational basis, ie one every 28 years.

Comments? Thoughts?

Answers to Linguistic Quiz


Original playout date: 13 January 2008
Duration: 27:56

The promised answers to the Linguistic Quiz I put up a little earlier.
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RL 102 -13 Basic Russian grammar lesson 13


Original playout date: 6 January 2008
Duration: 21:03

This time we look at the highly irregular conjugation of “khotet'”, to want, and introduce the instrumental case of personal pronouns.
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Linguistic Quiz, Christmas 2007


Original playout date: 19 December 2007
Duration: 12:27

This was the first of several linguistic quizzes and “guess the language” style films on the channel, originally made as a Christmas Special.
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RL102 – 12 Basic Russian Grammar Lesson 12


Original playout date: 11 November 2007
Duration: 12:56

Impersonal dative constructions using datives are being looked at again here, and the key to understanding is that temporary states tend to be impersonal dative constructions, more permanent ones are personal with the person who is in the state being the subject of the verb.
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RL 102-11 Basic Russian Grammar lesson 11


Original playout date: 24 October 2007
Duration: 12:48

We continue with Dative constructions, used much more in Russian than in Western European languages. Everyone in the room, says Huli, gets kicked into the dative case and nobody is the subject of the sentence, therefore they are impersonal, and in Russian that’s much more idiomatic.
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Peter Paczek’s Advanced English Homophobes


Original playout date: 21 September 2007
Duration: 12:36

Peter Pączek gives us a second lesson on English homophobes, which is a major stumbling block for those struggling to “leorn wor English langwidge”.
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RL102 – 10 Basic Russian Grammar Lesson 10


Original playout date: 9 August 2007
Duration: 19:50

Explaining the expressions with the dative case of personal pronouns, мне надо, etc.
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RL 102-9 Basic Russian Grammar lesson 9


Original playout date: 11 July 2007
Duration: 16:34

This lesson is all about how to be able to do something, covering umet’ and razumeetsya, as well as “mozhno” and similar constructions with dative pronouns.
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RL102-8 Basic Russian grammar lesson 8


Original playout date: 24 June 2007
Duration: 10:01

Kicking off with an inexplicable session of face exercises, Huliganov explains how personal pronouns are affected by being precede by a preposition, in particular “Y” which gives you the idea of having.
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RL 102-7 Basic Russian Grammar Lesson 7


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Playout date: 8 June 2007
Duration: 11:47

We take the direct object pronouns, the accusative/genitive forms of the personal pronouns, and a quick revision of verbs.
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