Tag Archives: Education

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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Tools: Sign Linguistics Corpora Network

Computer-aided technology has allowed considerable corpus research in linguistics that would not have been available just a few decades ago.  However, many of these corpora are geared towards written language.  Corpora for spoken and singed languages require considerably more effort … Continue reading

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Language News: The Subtleties of Marketing Beer to Latinos

Quite often, news-stories about beer commercials focus on the objectification of women.  While such objectification is certainly an important topic, the meta-discussion of beer commercials on NPR last August offered a refreshingly new topic: the ethnic patterns of beer marketing.  As … Continue reading

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Conferences: VirginiA Language, Linguistics, and Education (VALLE)

Students at George Mason University are hosting a conference next spring. VALLE: VirginiA Language, Linguistics, and Education symposium. Details are forthcoming, but save the date! Friday, April 27, 2012

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Resources: Teach Ling

Teach Ling is a website hosting linguistically oriented teaching plans–some written by linguists.  It also offers links to other linguistic resources on the web.  If you register, you may both contribute and download material

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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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Resources: TrueSpell.com

TrueSpell.com is a program that converts written English to “typical” American pronuncations (whatever “typical” might mean).  This might sound like a rather obvious exercise, but as any kindergardner will tell you, English spelling is ridiculous.  Despite all of the (useful) rules kids used … 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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