LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS Discussions (72)

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Will your head literally explode? OED recognizes informal use of "literally"

The Oxford English Dictionary now recognizes the long-used informal sense of "literally" as an intensifier meaning "virtually" or "figurati…

Started by Grinning Cat

6 Aug 24, 2013
Reply by Idaho Spud

Soda? Pop? Coke? and over 100 other dialect variations (survey results and maps)

http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/maps.html One of the 122 questions: 105. What is your generic term for a sweetened carbonated b…

Started by Grinning Cat

3 Mar 10, 2013
Reply by Grinning Cat

Rape culture embedded in language

Discussion of the underlying cause of India's rape culture, and that of mysogenist violence against women worldwide, underlies the role of…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

1 Mar 8, 2013
Reply by Grinning Cat

Txtng and the future of English

Prof. Anne Curzan reassures us that the sky is not falling -- that textspeak is not bringing chaos and anarchy to the language -- and discu…

Started by Grinning Cat

0 Mar 3, 2013

Two layers of language

How Human Language Could Have Evolved from Birdsong: Researchers Propose New Theory On Deep Roots of Human Speech ... human language is a g…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

0 Feb 22, 2013

Text-mining stylistic and thematic connections

Now we have analysis to discover new insights about books, and their authors, instead of just quantifying what we already knew. By Text-Min…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

1 Aug 28, 2012
Reply by Steph S.

What makes a memorable quote?

Computer Scientists Show What Makes Movie Lines Memorable The study suggests that memorable lines use familiar sentence structure but incor…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

4 May 10, 2012
Reply by Tony Carroll

Alternatives to Christian language?

I was led here from a forum where I said I thought discussing this in a group would be better and this seems to be the most appropriate gro…

Started by UUMom

16 Apr 7, 2012
Reply by Sarah Walton

Culturomics

The New Science of the Birth and Death of Words Can physicists produce insights about language that have eluded linguists and English profe…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

1 Apr 6, 2012
Reply by A Former Member

English speakers click?

In Why Do African and English Clicks Sound So Different? It’s All in Your Head, Julie Sedivy says ... Melissa Wright found, after combing t…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

0 Feb 29, 2012

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