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Guest lectures by Britta Schneider and Carsten Levisen

This week in our perceptual dialectology class, we were treated to guest lectures by Britta Schneider (Freie Universität Berlin) and Carsten Levisen (Roskilde University). Britta discussed her ethnographic research on attitudes toward the various languages spoken in superdiverse Caye Caulker, Belize, and Carsten presented his semantic work on folk metalinguistic categories in Port Vila, Vanuatu. 100 more words

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Google search: the year of the emoji - what constitutes a word?

There’s been a hubbub of chatter about the new word of the year this year, which isn’t actually a word: it’s an emoji (the tears of laughter, or equivalent, emoji to be precise). 913 more words


#Linguistics of Law Enforcement #Lingchat 19 November 9pm ET

With protests over law enforcement actions and culture across the U.S., the issue of the linguistics of law enforcement is timely. We’ll be discussing the role of language in policing and interrogation, developments in forensic linguistics, and other issues. 47 more words

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On accents

This third post was supposed to be the second (of at least four) parts on language attitudes. I was really looking forward to picking up where I left off last time, but I stumbled across something yesterday that made me change my plan for this week. 1,393 more words


Amazonian linguistic diversity and its sociocultural correlates

by Patience Epps.

Read her chapter here. Despite its focus on non-Australian languages, those interested in Australian topics might find some of what Dr. Epps has to say very interesting. 271 more words


October 2015: SXSW accepted, Polyglot Conference, NELS & NWAV editathons, and storifies

My SXSW panel with SwiftKey about the linguistics of emoji was accepted!

I did three Wikipedia editathons, at NELS in Montreal, NWAV in Toronto, and at Queen’s in Kingston. 393 more words


Translation and Translanguaging in Multilingual Contexts


From the John Benjamins website for the journal:

“Translation and translanguaging are natural and complementary phenomena that occur in multilingual societies.

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