All Discussions Tagged 'language' (102)

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Emotionally loaded vowels

We speak as we feel, we feel as we speak Assume one cartoon character is always happy and another usually not. Which character is happy, Ko…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

1 Aug 1
Reply by Grinning Cat

Sex Symbols

From the Grammarphobia blog. Q: In a recent radio appearance, you said the idea that “he” can refer to any human being – man or woman – wa…

Started by A Former Member

0 May 26, 2013

18 obsolete words, which should never have gone out of style

Just like facts and flies, English words have life-spans. Some are thousands of years old, from before English officially existed, others c…

Started by A Former Member

7 May 7, 2013
Reply by A Former Member

A Man of Many Words

Another interesting book to add to the list. -- Dallas A Man of Many Words For more than 150 years, writers of all stripes have relied on…

Started by A Former Member

0 May 7, 2013

Singular “they”: everyone has their own opinion / You: a short history

Singular “they”: everyone has their own opinion FREDDIE DEBOER, a graduate student and blogger, has just summed up his class project examin…

Started by A Former Member

1 Apr 3, 2013
Reply by Sean Murphy

Soda? Pop? Coke? and over 100 other dialect variations (survey results and maps) One of the 122 questions: 105. What is your generic term for a sweetened carbonated b…

Started by Grinning Cat

3 Mar 10, 2013
Reply by Grinning Cat

Rape culture embedded in language

Discussion of the underlying cause of India's rape culture, and that of mysogenist violence against women worldwide, underlies the role of…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

1 Mar 8, 2013
Reply by Grinning Cat

Txtng and the future of English

Prof. Anne Curzan reassures us that the sky is not falling -- that textspeak is not bringing chaos and anarchy to the language -- and discu…

Started by Grinning Cat

0 Mar 3, 2013

Who dunnit? The not-so-insignificant quirks of language

Interesting blog post on how language structure can affect perception, or is that the other way 'round? - Dallas Who dunnit? The not-so-ins…

Started by A Former Member

8 Feb 24, 2013
Reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

Two layers of language

How Human Language Could Have Evolved from Birdsong: Researchers Propose New Theory On Deep Roots of Human Speech ... human language is a g…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

0 Feb 22, 2013


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