Category Archives: language

Gender & Usage

Language Group @ K. 2002 04 30 Yesterday I began a piece on language usage which I now find unsuitable and inefficient: so I postpone mounting the complex piece and put this construction sign up in the meantime: Language is … Continue reading

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Diction

Language Group (& Spectrum) 1997 Diction Reactive Spectrum: Pacifying to Incendiary The budding twelve year old tells her mother, “The gardener was looking at me.” The mother tells the father, “Vito was staring at Caroline’s bosom.” The father goes to … Continue reading

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Description / Prescription

Language / Grammar Description versus Prescription Scholars of grammar have a profound tool I wasn’t aware of until graduate school: they distinguish between grammarians who tell other people what to do and grammarians who keep their own mannerisms to themselves … Continue reading

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IdeoLang

We’re all familiar with language. The bulk of us are also familiar with the experience of dialect: regional variations within a language. English in Dallas isn’t quite the same as English in Boston and English in Chicago isn’t identical to … Continue reading

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AnarChrist

AnarChrist! Wow! How come I only just thought of it this morning, hugging my sweetie, too far into pk as long-distance-race-writer to sleep. Few labels fit me, but anarchist suits: to the extent that I don’t believe in government coercion. … Continue reading

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Etymology

Etymology, Translation, Transliteration … When I was in graduate school, doing ahem English, Otto Jespersen was hands down regarded as the greatest etymologist ever. It still tickles me to remember my favorite bit of Jespersen wisdom. As Knatz.com (censored 2006, … Continue reading

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phonemic

I just used an important but not commonly understood word in a different post: phonemic. A phoneme is a perceptually distinct unit of speech-sound: b, d, p, k … a, o … One can develop symbols, like the IPA, to … Continue reading

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