Tag Archives: dialect

Language: A Curious Case Of Foreign Accent Syndrome : Shots – Health Blog : NPR

Neurologists and linguists are very intrigued by Foreign Accent Syndom (FAS), an extremely rare disorder that is usually caused by brain trauma.  Today, NPR covered the story of a Portland, Oregon woman who acquired a European-sounding accent, probably, says neurologist … Continue reading

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Resources: MSAVE

Raffaella Zanuttini and a team of undergraduate students at Yale are developing a project called the Micro-Syntactic Atlas of Variation in English (MSAVE).  So far they have used published literature to document more than a half a dozen syntactic structures … Continue reading

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Resources: Linguistic Atlas Projects

Linguistic Atlas Projects is a blog that compiles many of the linguistic atlases that are regularly cited in scholarly research, including the Linguistic Atlas of the Gulf States (LAGS), the Linguistic Atlas of the Middle and South Atlantic States (LAMSAS).

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Resources: Southern Appalachian English

Southern Appalachian English is a blog maintained by linguist Michael Montgomery (University of South Carolina).  On it, you will find Dr. Montgomery’s own papers and an annotated bibliography of other research on Appalachian English.  There are also transcripts and sound files … Continue reading

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Language News: What is a language?: When Easy Questions Demand Tough Answers : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR

NPR’s Alva Noe discusses the criteria for determining when variation becomes another language and concludes, rightly, that mutual intelligibility isn’t a very effective measure.  The most accurate description of how lay-people actually determine whether or not something is a language … Continue reading

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Resources: Dr. Lisa Green explains how dialects are rule governed

Dr. Lisa Green received her PhD from UM Amherst in formal syntax (the study of grammar from a theoretical standpoint that assumes that all langauges share the same universal structures).  She then worked at Stanford with professors like Dr. John Rickford, who specializes in sociolinguistics, … Continue reading

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Classroom Activities: Kinetic Typography of Stephen Fry’s Language

Stephen Fry (as featured in the previous post with House‘s Hugh Laurie) has eloquently written on the subject of language, and Matt Rogers has set Fry’s voice in motion through a process called Kinetic Typography. The mesmerizing combination of Fry’s … Continue reading

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Language Fun: Hugh Laurie, Ellen, and Slang

The title on this youtube video is misleading.  Hugh Laurie is often praised for his imitation of an American accent in the t.v. show House, but this clip doesn’t discuss that. (Remember, accent refers to the sounds patterns of a language.) Instead, … Continue reading

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Kim Potowski researches the Spanish of MexiRicans in Chicago

For a long time, the number of variationist research projects being done on the language of Hispanics in this country was embarrassingly small.  Some might argue that it still is, but it does appear to be getting better.   Here’s … Continue reading

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Language NEWS: Dialect Coverage in the NYT

  Here’s a New York Times op-ed covering Dr. Kirk Hazen’s work on dialect education in the public schools. It’s a couple of months old now, but I was glad to see it still in circulation on the web.  Says Dr. Hazen … Continue reading

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