What is a conversation? What can we see happening when people talk? Let’s ask Sesame Street.
This post is about what ‘speech’ history takes note of– and what is left unheard and unseen. It is also about a detour in a road trip that I took … Continue reading
What is the meaning of an utterance? Who has power? And most importantly, what is gentrification? No seriously, what the hell is the referent of gentrification? Yesterday, exiting the YMCA I … Continue reading
What is “language”? Here on Speech Events we’ve stated that we’re interested in what people do through language (Saussure’s parole), rather than linguistic form (Saussure’s langue, Chomsky’s grammatical competence, or … Continue reading
When you travel through time, how will people react when they hear you speak? Will you be able to be understood by anyone? Some cursory thoughts on this very important question.
All of us learn ways that certain bits of language (sounds, words, phrases, other things) are associated with certain kinds of people. Watch Elmo learn all about it.
[Cross posted from Drinking Chiya]
People in general, but especially in Nepal love talking about language. Even when I haven’t asked anything or expressed interest in language, things will come up about it all the time.
Remember Perd Hapley? Here’s more humor extracted from looking closely at the regular features of a certain speech genre, in this case: the cable news report. From Charlie Brooker and Newswipe.
They might try, but whales and orangutans mimicking human sounds is nothing like a human speaking. So where does the media fuss come in? Some musings.
A few days ago, my precocious five year old asked me an interesting question: Is OMG a bad word? I thought quickly. Is it still possible that saying God’s name … Continue reading
http://www.quack-project.com/table.cgi A treasured colleague sent this link around to some of us Speech Eventers recently. It is a fun project apparently led by Dr. Quack, who may or may not … Continue reading
Just 5 days ago the NYtimes ran an article about Mali’s successful response to its first confirmed case of Ebola. Unfortunately the congratulatory tone seemed a bit premature; Mali had … Continue reading