Tag Archives: United States

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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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 Fun: International Talk Like A Pirate Day

  Arrr! International Talk Like A Pirate Day (September 19th) is fast approaching.  It’s a fun holiday for linguists and linguageeks because it celebrates language differences. It’s also an opportunity to engage people in conversations about why we celebrate some … Continue reading

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Language News: Bilingual school counselors help narrow achievement gap

Anti-immigration groups often complain about the expense of bilingual services, like those in education, for groups that they believe are destined to underperform anyway.   But this story discusses how such services can narrow the achievement gap of Latin@ students, … Continue reading

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Resources: Connected States Of America

As a sociolinguist, I sometimes look at regional variation in English. To do that, I can study production differences, perception diferences, or, following Dennis Preston’s work in perceptual dialectology, I can look at where people think the language differences are. … 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: 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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Resources: Lumbee English

Image via Wikipedia The North Carolina Language and Life Project (NCLLP), led by linguist Walt Wolfram, has been investigating dialects of North Carolina since 1993.   One of their projects has been the documentation of the dialect of the Lumbee, … 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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