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David Crystal. DexterousTongue. Humans Who Read Grammars. All Things Linguistic. BBC Radio 4 - Radio 4 in Four - Totally awesome: Seven ways you use Americanisms every day. Voicings about language by an American linguist in Edinburgh. Stephantics. Superlinguo. Lexicon Valley. This essay is adapted from the Pessimists Archive podcast, a show about technology and the history of unfounded fears.

Lexicon Valley

Subscribe on iTunes, or listen to the full audio version. Why Donald Trump won will be debated for generations, but we can all agree on one thing: Nostalgia is powerful. Just consider the elegance of “again” in “Make America Great Again.” It says that today’s changes ruined a glorious yesterday—that a golden age is ours to reclaim. Strong Language. Linguistics jobs series. Language Log. An important rallying cry and usage distinction made by allies of undocumented workers in the current cultural battle over immigration in the United States is Elie Wiesel's assertion above: "No human being is illegal.

Language Log

" In the quote, Wiesel gives examples of the kinds of adjectives that he feels can denote properties of people (fat, skinny, beautiful, right, and wrong). On the other hand, calling a person 'illegal', he says, is a contradiction in terms. Here's a more elaborated statement of the idea, quoted from this website When one refers to an immigrant as an "illegal alien," they are using the term as a noun. Wug Life. Rachael Tatman has an interesting post weighing the pros and cons of doing a PhD in linguistics.

Wug Life

She comes down on the “no” side, because the academic job market is terrible and “grad school is grueling”: You have to have very strong personal motivation to finish a PhD. Sure, your committee is there to provide oversight and you have drop-dead due dates. Language Village.