Quit While You’re Ahead: When to leave an argument

It would appear to be a simple notion, yet when it comes to communicating, quitting while ahead is often the last goal in one’s mind. Especially if the communication at hand is of a heated or escalated nature, winning the argument often comes with the cost of losing the communication war.   Why quit while […]

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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a lingusitic ‘what’s wrong with this picture?’ problem

came across this on the myspace bulletins: —————————————————————————————————— The Importance of Speaking and Understanding English Language in the USA A Texan is walking through a field, sees a Mexican drinking water from a pool with one cupped hand. The Texan shouts to the Mexican…………….. “Hey don’t drink that water ……. It has cow poop in […]

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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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at the center of the field of linguistics lies this word, which, when looked at with all the underlying meanings, connotations, and purposes of usage that it bears, can be loosely referred to as ‘loaded.’ unraveling its surrounding ideological concerns is the primary focus of this writing space. the value of this effort lies in […]

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