For March, which is Women’s Month. Sociolinguist William Labov has observed: “While most language forms are stable and customary; a few rapidly changing variables may be closely compared to fashion. Change and diffusion of fashions – in clothing, cosmetics – appears to be closer to linguistic change and diffusion than... read more
I’m a fan of HGTV. One of the shows I like is Flip or Flop with telegenic husband-wife team Tarek and Christina El Moussa. Every time I hear Christina talk, I’m always struck by how often she uses the voice register known in the media as vocal fry.
Note: I first took up the subject of frame analysis in The Articulate Executive II and here I repeat a few of the comments I made in that blog. My argument and some examples are from George Lakoff’s Don’t Think of an Elephant! We’re in high political season, and we’re... read more
Last week a manager in a major communications company contacted me in my role as a linguist. He wanted to consult with me on the phrase “No problem.” I was game, and we arranged a phone call. He opened the call by saying, “I notice more and more these days... read more
The connection between love and language is connection. What is love? Connection. What is language? Connection. When you love someone, you are connected to them. If that person is in your presence, you are likely to connect with them physically – a touch on the arm, a pat on the... read more
If you love language, you will love Public Radio International’s The World in Words weekly podcast. I recently subscribed, and after hearing the podcast posted in the week I subscribed “A Death in the Family,” I just had to go back in the feed and find more. So far I’ve... read more
Note: This post is part of a series. You may wish to read first Love and Linguistics Part I & Part II. The pleasure I take in exploring the many varieties of romance has two sides: the love side and the linguistic side.
Note: This post is part of a series about me and my work. You may wish to read first Love and Linguistics I. Now to answer the first question people often ask me: How is that I am both a professional linguist and a romance writer? The very question suggests... read more
Love and Linguistics I & II are blog posts about me and my work. At the same time I’m hoping they’ll provide occasions for you to think through your passions and life career choices. I am often asked two questions: How does it happen that I am both a professional... read more
Today’s post features guest blogger Philip M. Carter, my co-author on the new book Languages in the World. In a 2015 interview with CNN, former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sara Palin stated that if you are in the United States, you must ‘speak American.’ On the Internet and... read more