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Here is a small gem from class that I want to remember. This exchange took place during an introductory phonetics class in which I am a graduate TA. Professor X: Now, if you know the length of a person’s vocal … 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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Let’s face it: nobody enjoys taking exams. It feels good to be done with them, especially if you think you’ve done well, but the emotions we associate with this educational fundamental are typically dread, anxiety, or even panic. I’m taking an introductory … Continue reading

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Yo Dude

Linguistic accomodation decribes the phenomenon of people subtly changing the way that they speak when they are communicating with others in order to become more (or sometimes less) similar to them. Although the theory was developed in the realm of … Continue reading

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