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         I retired in March 2010 as a teacher of English at the Research Institute for World Languages of Osaka University. Since then I have been teaching a weekly class on the Welsh language, although I am not a native speaker. My academic background is mostly in linguistics, especially formal (mathematical) linguistics and logic. Rather disillusioned with mainstream syntactic theory (if there is such a thing any more), I have been trying to formulate some ideas based on the notion of analogy, a straightforward but rather neglected concept, until Douglas Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander published their "Surfaces and Essences" (Basic Books 2013). There are links to some of my own thoughts in files cited below. All this has inspired me to change the topic of my weekly class to language and analogy, using Welsh now as a particularly interesting example among various other languages.

         There are files related to various other topics to be found below too.

         I'm on Twitter: @IanCStirk and you can find my email address here.

         Otherwise pictures of me and some other animals and birds can be found here.

Theoretical notes

Language and linguistics

Since I hadn't posted anything new here since 2013, I have cleared some space by moving previous work
to a separate file, Linguistic writings 2011-13

A new file to start 2016

31.01.16Not and or

Syllabus and teaching material

Looking at Language - the View from Analogy


From now on, all details of classes and links to readings will be found on
this page

Other interests

My other interests mostly involve mathematics, logic and living creatures (including humans).
Earlier writings on them can now be found in Writings on other interests

This and that, now and then

Mostly everyday photos and comments, mostly about our cats and local environment.
This file was getting much too large, so I've transferred most of it to Everyday odds and ends

7th May 15 Peter finds a comfortable place
4th May 16 Tinkerbell and Peter on top of the fridge
Winter waterfall
A February morning

Thursday Morning Group

To celebrate the start of a new session after the summer, I've posted the first four pages of Episode 4, for us to start as soon as we've finished Episode 3! So see you with plenty to do on Thursday 8th!

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