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Josef Fruehwald
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Why does Labov have such weird transcriptions?
It is the experience of many linguists, when they crack open something written by Bill Labov, or his students, that they suddenly realize they are using a transcriptional system that they are probably not used to. Sure, the symbols <i> and <e> look familiar...
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Brussel(s) Sprouts
YouGov has come out with a perplexing, Christmas themed 1 , survey. "Sorry Britain," they say, "but you've been saying 'Brussels sprouts' wrong." Apparently 77% of respondents think the little green cabbage looking vegetables are called "Brussel sprouts." B...
Brussel(s) Sprouts
Brussel(s) Sprouts
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A Scottish Narrative of Personal Experience
In a web extra from Samantha Bee's show, we get an extended interview with the farmer Michael Forbes telling a story about how he chased Donald Trump Jr. away from his Aberdeenshire farm. It was actually an excellent example of a narrative of personal exper...
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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...
Tina Fey Nailed The Philly Accent
Tina Fey Nailed The Philly Accent
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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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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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#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...
#NWAV44
#NWAV44
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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...
Gender in the Wasteland
Gender in the Wasteland
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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...
A Silly "Name" Generator
A Silly "Name" Generator
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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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