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Aya Katz

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Linguist, Writer, and Primatologist.

When I was a child, I had a list of goals:

(1) I wanted to write a novel.

(2) I wanted to have a child.

(3) I wanted to bring up a chimpanzee and teach it language.

Getting there took a long time, and there were many obstacles on the way. But now that I have achieved my goals, I am dealing with the challenges that come after.

In my hubs, I hope to share the knowledge that I acquired along the way, and the new struggles that I face now that my original goals have been realized.

The latest hub on my ape language research is here:

http://aya-katz.hubpages.com/hub/What-Constitutes-Proof-in-Ape-Language-Studies

My biographical hub is to be found here:

http://aya-katz.hubpages.com/hub/The-Buzzard-and-the-Kite-All-about-Me

My old website, which has recently undergone a major overhaul is here:

http://www.well.com/user/amnfn/

Check out my blog, Notes from the Pens:

http://notesfromthepens.blogspot.com/

I write lyrics to songs, too. Listen to Leslie Fish singing my lyrics here:

http://specgram.com/podcasts/CXLVII.1-10-The-Tribesman.mp3

My three books for children and my three books for adults can be purchased here:

http://astore.amazon.com/invertedapressbookstore-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=3

Hubpages have disabled my profile links, but you're smart and probably already know how to copy and paste a URL into your browser. .->

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  • National Anthems
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    National Anthems

    6 years ago

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  • How to Learn a Foreign Language: Issues in Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy
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    How to Learn a Foreign Language: Issues in Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy

    14 months ago

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    How to make a CreateSpace Cover Using Gimp

    7 years ago

    If you don't want to spend extra money on typesetting your CreateSpace cover, then you probably will download Gimp. Gimp is free. It does basically the same things as Photoshop will do. Why shell out good money? If you...

  • The Difference Between Studying and Learning
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    The Difference Between Studying and Learning

    2 months ago

    Are study skills important for success in school? Is success in school essential for success in life? And where does thinking come into all of this? These are important questions for teachers to ask.

  • Buy a Mul-T-Lock online -- the Israeli lock called רב בריח
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    Buy a Mul-T-Lock online -- the Israeli lock called רב בריח

    7 years ago

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  • What Kind of Income is Adsense Income from Hubpages for Tax Purposes?
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    What Kind of Income is Adsense Income from Hubpages for Tax Purposes?

    7 years ago

    Up until recently, I hadn't received anything for my writing on Hubpages, and the whole idea of generating income from writing hubs seemed like more of a joke than a plan for the future. However, this year I received...

  • Project Bow's FAQ: Why is it called a lexigram when it looks like a word?
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    Project Bow's FAQ: Why is it called a lexigram when it looks like a word?

    7 years ago

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  • Cod-liver Oil: What's it Good For?
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    Cod-liver Oil: What's it Good For?

    7 years ago

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  • Why Prejudice is Bad
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    Why Prejudice is Bad

    7 years ago

    Everybody agrees that prejudice is bad. I have never in my life met anyone who was in favor of prejudice. There is such universal agreement on this topic that it makes us feel united. Except when it comes to actual...

  • How to Change Language Settings in YouTube
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    How to Change Language Settings in YouTube

    12 months ago

    Suppose you go into your YouTube account and start browsing and suddenly all the labels are in a different language -- a language you can't read. How do you change it back? Easy. You find the label that says "current...

  • Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal and Family Values
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    Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal and Family Values

    5 years ago

    I am neither liberal nor a conservative. There are things about the liberal platform that I find abhorrent. There are things about the conservative agenda that make me shudder. A friend of mine, who happens to be pagan...

  • How to make a rainforest diorama
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    How to make a rainforest diorama

    6 years ago

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  • Facts about Homo Sapiens that You May Not Already Know
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    Facts about Homo Sapiens that You May Not Already Know

    8 years ago

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  • Avarice versus Greed
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    Avarice versus Greed

    6 years ago

    Avarice and greed are often used as interchangeable synonyms, with greed having the higher frequency of use and avarice appearing only rarely. However, if you look at the finer distinctions in their connotations and...

  • Chocolate Under Communism
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    Chocolate Under Communism

    7 years ago

    This is the story of what happens to chocolate when a country goes communist. It is also a story about my family -- or at least the left wing of my family: my somewhat distant relatives who had a fling with communism....

  • Love and Limerence
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    Love and Limerence

    6 years ago

    Werther had a love for Charlotte Such as words could never utter; Shall I tell you how he met her? She was cutting bread and butter.... These are the opening lines to a satirical poem by Thackeray about Goethe's...

  • Language is Learned
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    Language is Learned

    9 years ago

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