11 October 2005

Ichabod

Sometimes I wonder at the weather here. A type of weather that I haven't seen before, it comtinually catches me in awe. Today, there was this weird sort of a mist that seems to hang down on the air. It looks like a fog, but it is thinner than that. But it seems that you can actually see the moisture and the precipitation suspended in the air. It is not raining, but it feels wet. And if the temperature is lower, then this would naturally result to snow. That's why I feel like I am in Sleepy Hollow, reminding me of the scenery that Tim Burton created in his movie.

Today was a very busy day for me. I went to my office at around nine in the morning, and started to work for the whole day. I brought my laptop with me, and so I started to work on my Historical Linguistics paper. I have tabulated my data from the languages concerned in an Excel sheet, and so I am making exciting discoveries as I go on. I can see the different sound changes that the different languages underwent as they diversified from each other.

I also started making the handout for my lecture next week. I will lecture on the different types of morphological processes. In other words, about the different ways one can form a word, in different languages. English is not so prolific in these processes; most of the words in English are formed by adding a prefix or a suffix. But there are languages where one can insert an infix (an affix that is attached in the middle of a root), or sometimes, one can repeat a segment of a word, or even the whole word itself, also known as reduplication.

Anyway, apart from those two tasks that took my whole morning and afternoon, nothing special happened.

It also occured to me how the different natural disasters strike people so unexpectedly. I was reading the news about the earthquake in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India, and how many thousands of people died. It is indeed amazing to see the thousands of lives suddenly erased from existence, leaving behind grieving relatives. But then, nothing can be done to know of that calamity beforehand, that's just the way it is.

Life is indeed hard to comprehend.

2 comments:

  1. I bet that weather is hard for you to adjust to!

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  2. but looking at the news on their efforts to revive possible survivors, one can only imagine how important a single life is especially when comparing to the thousands of bodies lying beside it! C'est la vie!

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