If you read Star Wars trivia for pleasure or browse Wookieepedia long enough, you’ll eventually discover that some of the languages in the Star Wars films were sourced from real human languages. But which ones? How? Why?
The Star Wars film franchise might just be the most world famous multilingual movies ever–yet hardly anyone ever thinks of them that way. Why?
Have you ever wondered why certain characters don’t seem to show up right on your phone or within your web-browser? When what should ostensibly should be letters, numbers or even, … Continue reading
How does one formulate progressive sentences in Bambara?
An attempt to get a handle on those trying times we “withhold,” from friends, from family, from companions.
Register use was at issue in Hillary Clinton’s testimony to a House committee last week.
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.