Category Archives: what even is linguistics

Multilingualism and Its Discontents

Greetings from Ireland! (The way they say it here, there is aspiration in the intervocalic /t/!) I’m at the University of Limerick for my first international conference, giving the first presentation of a research project that is entirely my own. … Continue reading

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Career Daze

A few weeks ago, I took a Friday morning off and drove to San Lorenzo to visit the high school where a friend of mine teaches. He had organized a miniature Career Day for his Seniors, because the school had … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

“Could I have your last name?” “Cheng. C-H-E-N-G.” “C-H-A-N-G?” “C-H-EEEEE-N-G.” I’m one of those people who have been conditioned to spell their name every single time it is asked for. And I consider myself lucky that it’s only my last … Continue reading

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This blog is a vehicle for procrastination

I’m doing it again: the item at the top of my to-do list is “WRITE QUALIFYING PAPER”. (If I don’t finish this paper by the deadline in three weeks, I will not get my Master’s degree on time.) The second … Continue reading

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Oodles of Poodles

I don’t know anything about historical linguistics, and the class I’m taking this semester is only slightly rectifying this sad state of affairs. I can only blame myself, though: I’m way behind on the readings. All the time I set … Continue reading

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#PoundSign

Two horizontal strokes, two vertical strokes, et voilà: the now-ubiquitous #. People may read that symbol as “number”, “pound sign”, “sharp”, or “octothorpe”, but if you are under 25 and have ever used a social medium, there’s a high chance … Continue reading

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Techno-Babel

Where did all of the world’s language comes from? I haven’t the foggiest idea. It wasn’t the Tower of Babel, though, that much is pretty clear. Languages change and differentiate extremely slowly, over millennia, as organisms do. It’s highly unlikely … Continue reading

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