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Women, Language, and Social Change

March 15, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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

Vocal Fry/Creaky Voice

March 8, 2016 8:35 am Published by 1 Comment

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.

Julie Tetel Andresen Political Sociolinguist Politics of Language

Frame Analysis

March 4, 2016 8:37 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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

Love and Linguistics III

February 8, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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.

Love and Linguistics II

February 1, 2016 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

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

January 25, 2016 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

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

Speak American

January 18, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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