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On August 16, the LingEducator blog posted a link to news coverage of  research on pronoun usage by social psychologist Dr. James W. Pennebaker.  You may recall that Pennebaker’s interest in pronouns developed out of investigations of journaling in mental … Continue reading

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Language News: A Chance to Record Some of the 112 Local Languages – NYTimes.com

Linguistic diversity is incredibly important for our understanding of culture and the brain. The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most linguistically diverse in the country.  Recently, the Internet Archive has attempted to document some of this linguistic … Continue reading

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Language News: Subject, Meet Verb – NYTimes.com

Phillip B. Corbett writes on grammar, usage, and style for the New York Times.  In this piece, he shows how even professional writers violate prescriptive rules on subject/verb agreement. Although his editorial advice is good, it’s worth noting that the … Continue reading

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Language News: The Corpus in the Court: ‘Like Lexis on Steroids’ – Ben Zimmer – National – The Atlantic

Ben Zimmer, of NYT’s On Language fame, has produced a piece detailing how corpus linguistics is being used in the courtroom setting–this time in front of the Supreme Court.  At issue in this discussion:  the use of the adjective personal … Continue reading

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Language News: NYT > On Language

A couple of years ago, Ben Zimmer took over William Safire’s On Language column on the New York Times.  Zimmer wasn’t as well known to the public as Safire, who had once served as Nixon’s speech writer, but Zimmer has impeccable … Continue reading

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Language News: NYT Coverage of the Language of the Egyptian Revolution

Ben Zimmer, a linguist who wears many hats, has posted language coverage of the Egyptian revolution on two different websites this week.   First, as a regular contributor to they NY Time’s On Language column, he has provided this analysis of … Continue reading

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Resources: A Map of American Slavery – Interactive Feature – NYTimes.com

Today, it’s not unusual to find maps with shading to indicate population statistics, but in 1860, this was a very innovative feature.  In the link below, you’ll see a link to an 1860 census of American slaves, which helps us … 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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Language News: July 29, 1979 – If Black English Isn’t a Language, What Is? – NYTimes.com

Those who are interested in the development of African American English (AAE) might be interested in this article by the novelist James Baldwin, who died in 1987. Op-Ed Contributor – July 29, 1979 – If Black English Isn’t a Language, … Continue reading

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