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English and the Romanian Language

July 1, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I’m putting the Romanian language at issue here. In Chapter 12 of Languages in the World we introduce Jean-Louis Calvet’s gravitational model comparing the different “weights” of languages across the world, each language having an attractive power, like stars and planets. The heavier the language, the more likely people are... read more

Linguistic Residual Zone: New York City

April 29, 2016 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

Johanna Nichols – among her many contributions to the study of language – has identified two types of geographic zones relevant for comparative work in linguistics: the linguistic residual zone and the linguistic spread zone. A linguistic residual zone tends to be a relatively small, often geographically enclosed area where a higher number of... read more

Social Change: The Role of Women

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

For March, which is Women’s Month. The topic is social change. 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... read more

love and language

Love and Language: The Connection

February 23, 2016 9:15 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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

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.