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Korean languages

Korean Language: A Duke Symposium

March 30, 2018 2:25 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

On Monday March 26 Hae-Young Kim, the Chair of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages at Duke University, organized a symposium on the Korean language. It was entitled “Politics of language and identity: Korean speakers in the peripheries of the national and transnational.” In the title photo you see, from the... read more

African American Vernacular English

African American Vernacular English

February 19, 2018 1:41 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

African American Vernacular English is also known as Black Vernacular English. For many decades now linguists have studied African American Vernacular English, and their most significant finding about this particular variety of English is that it is not a defective or inferior form of Standard English. It is variety in... read more

Foreign Accent Syndrome

Foreign Accent Syndrome: Is It Real?

January 30, 2018 4:12 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Foreign Accent Syndrome? I learned about it yesterday while watching a stand-up special on Netflix, and Tom Segura told a joke about it. Foreign Accent Syndrome: Quick and Dirty Research Immediate google search. It seems Foreign Accent Syndrome is a thing – a rare neurological condition with no known cause and no... read more

endangered languages

Endangered Languages: A Health Issue

January 26, 2018 1:51 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Endangered languages are intertwined with world-wide social, physical and mental health issues. I offer three examples: Endangered Languages #1: The Case of Mayan in Guatemala An already-available  February 2018 issue of The Lancet, a well-known medical journal, has an article concerning endangered languages and the health outcomes of their speakers... read more

On Count Nouns and Mass Nouns

September 29, 2017 12:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

We English speakers are sometimes surprised to discover that we split our perspective on how we view things in the universe. As it turns out, we make a clear distinction between count nouns and mass nouns. Count nouns are – not surprisingly – nouns you can count: one book, two... read more

American Sign Language interpreters helping during Hurricane Irma press conferences

American Sign Language – Ten Things to Know

September 13, 2017 9:18 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Title image: Florida governor Rick Scott giving updates on Hurricane Irma. Note the American Sign Language interpreter to the left. I’m sitting high and dry in Durham, North Carolina, and glued to television hurricane coverage because my principal residence is in downtown Orlando, and hurricane Irma is barreling toward my stuff... read more