Tag Archives: Language

Resources: Ambiguous English Pronouns and Prescribed Reading

Many prescriptivists fear that the use of singular they  (as in, “A student should take their time when considering prescriptive rules.”) is incredibly problematic.  They are dissatisfied with the lack of plural agreement, though evidence suggests that the traditionally prescribed … Continue reading

Posted in Resources, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Conferences | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Resources, Tools | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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!

Posted in Language Fun, Language News | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Language Fun, Resources | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Resources: International Phonetic Association

Those who are looking for phonetics resources should be sure to check out the webpage for the International Phonetic Association, which hosts IPA charts, fonts, sound files, and links to their scholarly journals.  It is very user friendly.

Posted in Resources | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Classroom Activities, Language Fun, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Resources: Passive Voice

The English inflectional system is weak compared to many other IndoEuropean languages, but we do still inflect our verbs for tense, aspect, voice, mood, and subject verb agreement.  Unfortunately, because American schools don’t teach grammar any more, many people don’t … Continue reading

Posted in Resources | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Language Fun, Language News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment