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Educational Linguists on Parole

Eventful Speech: A visit to Carlisle

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

June 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

My Bike: The Linguistic Anthropology of Gentrification

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

May 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

Define and conquer

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

May 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Outlander, Time Travel Stories, and Language Change

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.

April 4, 2015 · 3 Comments

Media Dictionary of SLX – Register

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.

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

A glance inside the social change toolbox

By engaging in the discipline of educational linguistics we’ve made it pretty clear– we care about social realities, about people, power-structures, parole, and how they intertwine. We’re out to make … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · 3 Comments

Everyone’s a sociolinguist

[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.

February 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Media Dictionary of SLX – Speech Genres

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.

January 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Brgprgpbpaob brghpbaub hprghbuh preurrggbhh

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.

January 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Can’t stop, won’t stop: Being a Parent-Linguistic Anthropologist

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

December 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

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