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Romance Novel Myths: Top Five

October 7, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I originally published this blog about romance novel myths on my Goodreads page. Romance Novel Myths #1: Romance novels are stupid. Upfront: yes, some romance novels are stupid. So are some mystery novels, science fiction novels, slice-of-life novels, TV shows, magazine articles, op-ed pieces, political speeches – the list here is... read more

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Vocal Fry/Creaky Voice: Repost

September 22, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Note: Vocal Fry/Creaky Voice was first posted earlier this year. I am reposting it because when I was in Romania over the summer a friend described to me a new show one of her friends was watching. I said in some astonishment, “I think you’re talking about Flip or Flop.”... read more

Languages in the World: The Textbook

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

As regular readers of this blog know, my latest academic book Languages in the World. How History, Culture and Politics Shape Language was published by Wiley-Blackwell in January of this year. Co-author Phillip M. Carter teaches at Florida International University in Miami. For professors who are considering adopting the book for their... read more

Balkan Grammar – a Sprachbund

August 5, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Strange as it may sound, there is such a thing as Balkan grammar. The term Sprachbund ‘language league/area’ was first coined to refer to the unusual language situation in the Balkans. (Linguistic note: the word balkan is Turkish and means something like ‘wooded mountain chain’.) A glance at the map... read more

Linguistic Residual Zone: New York City

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

Linguist Johanna Nichols has identified two types of geographic zones relevant for comparative work in linguistics: the linguistic residual zone and the linguistic spread zone. Linguistic Residual Zones A linguistic residual zone tends to be a relatively small, often geographically enclosed area. A higher number of languages from different language families are spoken here... read more