A blog about the implications of the statistical properties of language for second language learners
Wandering the neighborhood at night, but totally staying out of trouble
During the summer time, it stays light really late in Paris. The sun didn’t set until around 10 PM in June, and I tend to go to sleep early, so I never really saw my own neighborhood in the dark. Now that it’s December, the days are quite short, so when I went outside early yesterday evening for a stroll, I saw the entire neighborhood lit up, for the first time. With the electric signs shining in all of the storefronts, I noticed places that had never caught my attention before–even within a block or two of my apartment! Zipf’s Law strikes during an evening stroll as often as it does any other time–here are some pictures of signs with words that I had to look up. Scroll down for the full range of words that I just didn’t know.