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Josef Fruehwald
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Tina Fey Nailed The Philly Accent
Saturday night, Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon appeared on Weekend Update as "White Women from Suburban Philadelphia." Apparently suburban white women are the " the swing vote within the swing vote " which was the premise for having them on the show. It seemed l...
Saturday night, Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon appeared on Weekend Update as "White Women from Suburban Philadelphia." Apparently suburban white women are the "the swing vote within the swing vote" which was the premise for having...
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The Sound of Silence
One counterintuitive thing about doing linguistic analysis is how much time we spend analyzing structures and elements that are silent . That's probably pretty confusing for people when they first learn about it. For example, compare these three sentences: ...
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Gender in the Wasteland
One thing I do with the bit of leisure time I have is play video games. I feel like I need to be a bit self defensive about it, given my age and place in life, but according to surveys the average age of gamers is somewhere between 30 and 37 , so I fit righ...
One thing I do with the bit of leisure time I have is play video games. I feel like I need to be a bit self defensive about it, given my age and place in life, but according to surveys the average age of gamers is somewhere b...
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America's Ugliest Accent: Something's ugly alright.
I should really blog more often, instead of just when I feel compelled to slap down some nonsense, because the general tone of Val Systems turns towards scolding and away from my genuine positive passion for linguistics. That said, guess what I'm doing in t...
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I did a bit of my own exploration of baby naming trends.
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In Finnish, the name used to take the form Joosef (I think it is [ˈjo:sef] in IPA) but has been replaced by Jooseppi and Juuso, the latter being the most common.
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Thinking about participating in the eVoweluate survey? Check out my video about it.
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Open Question: "I'm a big fan of yours"
Linguists, I've got a question. Is there any distinction to be made between (1) and (2)? I'm a big fan of Rhianna. I'm a big fan of Rhianna's. I find both acceptable, but think I think I would prefer (1)? For pronouns, though, I think they must be possessiv...
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#NWAV44
I'm just recently back from the New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) conference, the top variationist sociolinguistics conference in North America. This was NWAV44, hosted by the University of Toronto, and as usual it was a lot of fun, and really exhausti...
I'm just recently back from the New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) conference, the top variationist sociolinguistics conference in North America. This was NWAV44, hosted by the University of Toronto, and as usual it was a...
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A Silly "Name" Generator
tl;dr: It looks like names aren't well modeled as a Markov process, but you can install my R package that does model names as Markov processes and mess around with it. I don't know how I wound up writing a "name" generator yesterday, but I did. And now it's...
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The new iOS Health app is disappointing
I've been getting into using a few different health tracking apps, and have been getting tired of needing to punch the same data into 3 different places every time I step on a scale. So, I was reasonably excited about the new Health app in iOS8, which would...
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Baby Naming Trends: Now With More Linguistics!
This animated graph about the rise in boys names ending in <n> has been making the rounds lately. It comes from this blog post by David Taylor. It's a really cool graph, but then, I tend to find analysis of baby names a bit frustrating because they almost a...
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I'm currently a lecturer in sociolinguistics, focusing on language variation and change. I'm also pretty interested in quantitative analysis and the visual display of quantitative information.
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  • University of Pennsylvania
    Linguistics, 2008 - 2013
  • University of Pennsylvania
    Linguistics, 2003 - 2007
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Lecturer in Sociolinguistics
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  • University of Edinburgh
    Lecturer in Sociolinguistics, present
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