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Mouthing off: English denominal verbs that come from mouth parts

To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.

Winston Churchill, at the White House in 1954.  Source: http://www.bartleby.com/73/1914.html

I’ve always been more into depth than breadth. 

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I can't tortilla: denominal verbs and hand surgery

I’m in Guatemala at the moment. I come here once a year with a group called Surgicorps. We’re volunteer surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, technicians, therapists, and interpreters (that’s me) who provide surgical services to people who are so poor that for them, even the almost-free Guatemalan health care system is too expensive. 1,636 more words

Before it rains again, and often: hypercorrection

I was waiting in line at the boulangerie the other day.  Outside, a nicely dressed woman sat and sipped a coffee while the rain poured down. 1,776 more words

The best map of Paris, and what it tells us about the nature of human language

Spoiler alert: there is no great map of Paris.  There never has been.

Graham Robb maintains that Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette lost their heads in part because of the lack of a good map of Paris. 

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How we're sounding stupid today: noun phrases

Like I always say: it’s the little things that get you.  One of the things that I love about France is that people feel totally free to correct each other’s language, and they certainly feel free to correct mine.  1,120 more words

Compound nouns: why my kid said friendgirl instead of girlfriend

When my kid was about four years old, he went through a period where he switched the orders of certain kinds of words.  It wasn’t random–this happened only with a particular kind of word formed by putting two nouns together.  1,516 more words

Adverbial generics and control in Finnish

Recently I worked with Finnish control (more about this later) and came up with something I thought was interesting. I will share the data in this post without providing anything towards an analysis. 868 more words