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lingthusiasm:Lingthusiasm Episode 53: Listen to the imperatives...

lingthusiasm:Lingthusiasm Episode 53: Listen to the imperatives episode!When we tell you, “stay lingthusiastic!” at the end of every episode, we’re using a grammatical feature known as the imperative. But although it might be amusing to imagine ancient Roman emperors getting enthusiastic about linguistics, unlike Caesar we don’t actually have the ability...

Transcript Lingthusiasm Episode 52: Writing is a technology

lingthusiasm:This is a transcript for Lingthusiasm Episode 52: Writing is a technology. It’s been lightly edited for readability. Listen to the episode here or wherever you get your podcasts. Links to studies mentioned and further reading can be found on the Episode 52 show notes page. [Music] Gretchen: Welcome to Lingthusiasm, a podcast that’s...

The linguistics of hyperlinks

superlinguo:Hyperlinks are a ubiquitous feature of the internet, but unlike other elements of internet language use, there hasn’t been a lot of published work that considers the linguistics of hyperlinks. Or really any work as far as I can tell (but please correct me if I’m wrong!). Hyperlinks anchor to written text, and interact with it in ways that...

Bonus 48: Q&A about naming dogs, modifying English, linguistics research, and more

Bonus 48: Q&A about naming dogs, modifying English, linguistics research, and more: lingthusiasm:Bonus 48: Q&A about naming dogs, modifying English, linguistics research, and moreWhat do you think is the best food to name a dog after? If you had to remove a phoneme from English, which do you think would have the most interesting results? How...

History of Swear Words is a newish Netflix series featuring some...

History of Swear Words is a newish Netflix series featuring some familiar lingcomm names, including Nicole Holliday, Kory Stamper, and Anne Charity Hudley. 

A Teach Yourself Linguistics Linkfest from Mutual Intelligibility

Looking to teach yourself linguistics? Mutual Intelligibility was a year-long project to help curate free linguistics resources online for people who are trying to teach or learn linguistics, and now all of its posts are collected here for you. Crash Course LinguisticsA structured introduction to linguistics. Each post contains a 10-12 minute video...

Writing Systems: Crash Course Linguistics #16All societies have...

Writing Systems: Crash Course Linguistics #16All societies have spoken or signed language, but not all languages have a written form. Since writing developed in different ways in different places, writing systems differ greatly around the world. In this final episode of Crash Course Linguistics, we’ll learn about writing systems, also called orthographies,...

lingthusiasm:Lingthusiasm Episode 52: Writing is a...

lingthusiasm:Lingthusiasm Episode 52: Writing is a technologyThere’s no known human society without language, whether spoken or signed or both, but writing is a different story. Writing is a technology that has only been invented from scratch a handful of times: in ancient Sumeria (where it may have spread to ancient Egypt or been invented separately...

"Lauren: A slightly fancier test, but one that I think shows how complicated our presupposed..."

“Lauren: A slightly fancier test, but one that I think shows how complicated our presupposed knowledge is, is something that’s called “projecting” in the literature, which is where really complicated sentences, or more complicated sentences, can lead to really interesting presupposition carrying or cancelling. And I’ll give you two examples sentences...

Superlinguo 2020 in review

superlinguo:2020 felt like a year of lurching from one chaotic moment to another. Particular low-lights included attempting to teach with a toddler underfoot, and that small matter of a global pandemic. Putting together the collection of things I did and wrote this year, it all feels a bit surreal. Many of these things were written frantically in those...

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