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Verbal Attack Patterns

March 25, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Last week at the Y I met a woman named Laura. We struck up a conversation, and among other things Laura mentioned she’d begun to do tai chi again after a thirty-year hiatus. She told me how she didn’t like her tai chi teacher of thirty years ago and hadn’t... read more

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