mid term questions and answers

for Dan Sanford’s 490/590 seminar: Formulaic Language. i had to pick two out of these four: What is formulaic language, what is the lexicon, and what does formulaic language tell us about the lexicon? What are some aspects of language that are difficult to account for in a model of language that makes a clear […]

edith street chronicles 1, my neighbor to the north

1. my neighbor to the north the answer to the last blog being a bit more obvious to me than what is going on around me, i will postpone that answer in favor of noting the nature of the conversations i’ve had with my new neighbors. i’m finding interesting cultural mechanisms and watching the ties […]

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current abstract, favorite thesis focus

Punching the Line: Humor & Ideologies Woolard and Schieffelin point out that “ideologies of language are significant for social as well as linguistic analysis because they are not only about language. Rather, such ideologies envision and enact links of language to group and personal identity, to aesthetics, to morality, and to epistemology” (1994: 56). Cultures […]

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non·stand·ard [non–stan-derd] –adjective 2. not conforming in pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, etc., to the usage characteristic of and considered acceptable by most educated native speakers; lacking in social prestige or regionally or socially limited in use: a nonstandard dialect; nonstandard English. Compare standard (def. 27). (1) the idea that language has a ‘standard’ is a vitally […]

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