Lecturing people on classical languages pronunciation [Response]

Recently, I have read concerns about the fact that many scholars in Western Europe and in the Americas, use an ‘Erasmian’ style of pronunciation when reading Classical Greek texts. There is apparently an identitarian trend of calling out people who are not native to Modern Greece, to ‘mispronounce’ classical texts, as if the Modern Greek … Continue reading Lecturing people on classical languages pronunciation [Response]

Concerns about a word in the year of the 牛 ox

It is not possible for me to avoid the topic on the first day of the year which will be dominated by a metal ox: the name of this animal in Chinese and in other languages. When you check on articles that provide information on the Chinese lunar calendar and its so-called ‘zodiac signs’, you … Continue reading Concerns about a word in the year of the 牛 ox

Christmas · Saturnalia · Noël · Navidad

NOTE: The following post is not an opinion but a didactic post for students, previously published on Lamptēr Glossōn and republished here. Malls and public places are covered with garlands and decorated trees. Maybe at home, in your own place, your living-room has been prepared now for the celebrations of December. And apart from the … Continue reading Christmas · Saturnalia · Noël · Navidad

All Saints Day, Chung Yeung, Ghosts and Gods

Because the celebration of 重陽節 Chung Yeung [1] usually happens in fall, around September or October, and because it bears so much connections with the questions human beings ask themselves about death, I can never avoid each year, to compare it with European fall festivals that celebrate the dead. In Southern and Western European countries, … Continue reading All Saints Day, Chung Yeung, Ghosts and Gods

Les mots sont sordides

Les mots sont sordideset les concepts videset les concepts creuxComme un nuagetu dansessur ce que tu crois diresur ce que tu crois faireet que tu penses écrireComme un nuagetu pensespouvoir dominer l’idéevouloir exprimer la vieet que tu crois menercomme un homme sageLes hommesaujourd’hui sont des chiensaujourd’hui sont sans corpsseulement leurs bouches vomissentComme un carnagetu crainsle … Continue reading Les mots sont sordides

Holy Thursday in Times of coronavirus

This year, on most of the planet, Easter takes place in peculiar circumstances. I don’t know what celebrations will be expected within the different existing churches, nor the festivities planned by the Catholic church. But what may be an object of opportune meditation for everyone in the situation of the Wuhan virus global outbreak, is … Continue reading Holy Thursday in Times of coronavirus

IME Cantonese (CPIME) Input for Windows 10

I don’t usually publish geek posts or material, and this short explanation is made for IME Cantonese (CPIME) users. For those who don’t know what this is about, it is a keyboard input based on Jyutping (or Yale) phonography designed to output Traditional Chinese characters based on Cantonese pronunciation. I have been constantly bugged by … Continue reading IME Cantonese (CPIME) Input for Windows 10

Past Participle Agreement in French: Aristocracy of Complexity

Almost every year, we hear or read the same question among French speakers: should we keep that complex grammar rule about past participle agreement when used with a passé composé [1]? This rule is not an original Old nor Middle French inspiration. It has been implemented into French around the end of Renaissance. Before the … Continue reading Past Participle Agreement in French: Aristocracy of Complexity

Dionysus at the heart of Mahayana’s cultural cradle – A reaction to: S. Peterson’s ‘An account of the Dionysiac presence in Indian art and culture’

From the History of Art and Archaeology Department of University of London, Sara Peterson proposes an analysis on shapes – in three dimensions – that bear witness of a Hellenic presence in ancient India, especially in Bactria and around the Kingdom of Gandhāra, in the beginning of the times when the Buddhic message was starting … Continue reading Dionysus at the heart of Mahayana’s cultural cradle – A reaction to: S. Peterson’s ‘An account of the Dionysiac presence in Indian art and culture’