Tag Archives: perception

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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Language News: Helping children learn to understand numbers: It’s all in the way we speak to them

Science Daily is a blog that covers the latest research journal publications, and this academically oriented site has covered a number of stories about numbers, counting, and number perception in the past.  This entry, however, covers research by Michael Ramscar, … Continue reading

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Conferences: BUCLD 36

The 36 Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development is now accepting abstract submissions for the November 4-6, 2011 Conference.  Featured speakers will include Sandra Waxman, Cornelia Hamaan, Harald Clahsen, Holger Hopp, Donna Lardiere, and Silvina Montrul.  The conference webpage … Continue reading

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Language News: Bilinguals see the world in a different way, study suggests

Research by Athanasopoulos, Damjanovic, Krajciova, and Sasaki suggests that category differences in color naming affects people’s judgements about those colors.  Japanese has two different names for the part of the color spectrum that English speakers label as “blue.”  These researchers … Continue reading

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Resources: Wisconsin Englishes Home

Ask people about language variation, and they generally start with the most stigmatized varieties in the South.  They often don’t talk about variation within the South or within the North, but the truth is that there is a lot to … Continue reading

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