About Speech Events

Speech Events (2013 – 2016) was blog to share thoughts and research insights about the social life of language. It was started in the late spring of 2013 by friends that met through the Educational Linguistics program at the University of Pennsylvania was active until summer 2016 before being retired in January 2018. Its contributors were Haley De Korne, Coleman Donaldson, Mariam DurraniMark Lewis, Stephen Peters, Joanna Siegal and Miranda Weinberg.

Why “Educational Linguists on Parole?”

Educational linguistics is the study of language learning and teaching, and the role of language in learning and teaching. While not all our posts focus on teaching and learning, we look at language as part of social life.

On Parole – At the end of the 19th century, linguist Ferdinand de Saussure split the  phenomenon of language into two parts that he called langue (language) and parole (speech). Saussure studied langue, the abstract system or grammar of language because the study of speech in use, or parole, was too messy. Most linguistics still focuses on the langue side; we’re mainly interested in parole.

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