Category Archives: Language Fun

Language Fun: The Eggcorn Database

Eggcorn is a linguistic term coined by Dr. Geoffrey Pullum (a linguist who is often featured on the Language Log and the Chronicle of Higher Education).  It refers to an idiosyncratic, pun-like back-formation of a word, such as “eggcorn” for … Continue reading

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Resources: Americas Highway | Oral Histories of Route 66 – Google Maps

No guarantees about sound quality, but an interesting collection of oral histories complete with a map of where they were collected along the historic Route 66 is now available online.  For your sociolinguistic pleasure: Americas Highway: Oral Histories of Route … Continue reading

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Language News: Facebook translation

Facebook appears to have launched a new translation tool.  No gaurantees on how accurate it might be, but machine translation is defintely improving.  Let us know what you think!

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Resources: Online LinguaVideo List

This collection of videos at OnlineUniverisities.com features linguists, including Ethan Zukerman, Erin McKean, Monica Heller, Steven Pinker, Eve Sweetser, Susan Savage Rumbaugh, Rebecca Wheeler, and Patrica Ryan. Also recommended: Bill Labov’s A Life of Learning: Six People I have learned from Paul Kerswill’s TEDx … Continue reading

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Language Fun: Dougtianary

Another one of the fine blogs nominated at the Grammar.net “Best Blogs 2011” contest:  Dougtinary.  Featuring such fine words as broctology, POMicide, and hexterior.  Words which might not have existed without Doug.  Morphological fun for everyone!

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Classroom Activities: Ambiguous Language

Language is full of ambiguity.  Not only do we have words with two different meanings, but we have sentences which–because of structural ambiguity–can have multiple meanings. One of the more famous examples that illustrates these issues is the following sentence: … Continue reading

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LingEducator has been nominated for “Best Grammar Blog 2011”

LingEducator is very excited to announce that we have been nominated for the Best Grammar Blog 2011 contest being hosted by Grammar.net.  While we do not strictly deal with grammar issues on this site, we hope you will consider casting … Continue reading

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Language Fun: International Talk Like A Pirate Day

  Arrr! International Talk Like A Pirate Day (September 19th) is fast approaching.  It’s a fun holiday for linguists and linguageeks because it celebrates language differences. It’s also an opportunity to engage people in conversations about why we celebrate some … Continue reading

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Language News: Cleverbots are not Unicorns (But please don’t tell them I said so!)

The creation of Artificial Intelligence–computers that talk like real human beings–has been extremely challenging.  Significant progress has been made, but teaching computers to recognize things like sarcasm has been notably difficult.  This week, researchers at Cornell University made big news … Continue reading

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Language Fun: Bookworm | Free Online Game on Games.com

Bookworm is puts your scrabble skills to the test with a solitaire, falling tiles format.  It’s a lot of fun, though a game can take hours if you’re good and I’m sometimes surprised by what words it doesn’t recognize (or … Continue reading

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