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New Project Launched: De vulgari eloquentia

Leni’s just launched one of my favorites as a group project! De vulgari eloquentia is Dante’s linguistic treatise. In it, he defends the written use of what was then mostly a spoken language–the “volgare”, as it was then called. 189 more words

The Dialect Dispute

I’ve mentioned before that I learned Armenian when I first arrived at the country (I took private lessons during my first year to learn how to read, write and speak in Armenian). 918 more words


"The Three Dots"

The three dots, which appear in the book when characters hear a cry for help, seem to resemble the three dots that appear in an iMessage conversation when the other party is “typing”. 232 more words


Interview with Dr. Robert Barnett: "Tibetan Language: Policy and Practice"

Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve taken an interest in Tibet. As a high schooler, I was a member of Students for a Free Tibet… 1,686 more words

A Common Language

British dramatist Oscar Wilde once observed that “We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.”  “Lynneguist”  M. Lynne Murphy, a Reader* at Linguistics & English Language at the University of Sussex, tracks these differences in her blog, most recently reflecting on the… 415 more words

New Year Special: Fun Facts on Hitler

I have meant to write this post for a long time. Christmas holidays this year seemed like a good opportunity. The post, though, doesn’t have much to do with Christmas, or New Year’s. 2,764 more words

How one word can ruin your radio spot

A radio spot running in the Greater Providence market broke through to my consciousness, but for the wrong reason. At the close of the spot, when the voice talent stated the advertiser’s Route 2 address, he said “rout”, as if Kentucky had just played Brown in college hoops.  175 more words

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