a fuctionalist turns Prescriptivist

Today I lost my mind on Twitter and pointed out some often misused words & punctuation marks. For posterity, I will enumerate them again here, having wiped off the overtones of condescension and annoyance. 1. Apostrophe use: some simple guidelines. Apostrophes do not mark plural. Do not use them to mean more than one of […]

Posted in: Uncategorized by transmitter 4 Comments , , ,

LING 490/590 Presentation Hand-out

to explain the data in the last post: Ruth E. Cisneros | LING 590 | Formulaic Language Formulaic Language & Humor: An overview of idiomatic language usage in comedy I. Introduction The initial focus of this paper was to explore the intersection between formulaic language and humor by exposing the former in the latter. However, […]

LING 490/590: Formulaic Languauge Presentation Data

Formulaic Language & Humor: I. Judy Grimes, Travel Writer – Use of “just kidding:” II. Nick Fehn, Political Humorist – Use of many idiomatic expressions: III. Chocolate – acting out of a language chunk:

notes & quotes on: ‘negotiating with demons: the uses of magical language.’

McCreery, John L. 1995. Negotiating With Demons: The Uses of Magical Language. American Ethnologist. Vol. 22, No. 1. 144-164. first way of reading transcription of an incantation by a Taoist healer in Taipei is as text. However, “dislocated from this primary context, assertions about the significance of particular words or phrases are dubious at best.” […]

Posted in: Uncategorized by transmitter 4 Comments