Tagged: linguistics

Language Matters: Kiwi metaphors of Covid-19 - Lippy Linguist

Andreea Calude Sep 07, 2021

Featured image: ‘’Romantic love is sometimes described as a journey: our relationship is at a crossroads, it’s been a bumpy road, we can’t turn back now, we decided to go our separate ways, this relationship isn’t going anywhere.’’   OPINION: If you are anything like me, you have probably been scouring the media for the latest Covid-19 announcements, … Read More

Hashtags may not be words, grammatically speaking, but they help spread a message - Lippy Linguist

Andreea Calude Nov 04, 2020

Andreea S. Calude, University of Waikato and David Trye, University of Waikato Hashtags are a pervasive feature of social media posts and used widely in search engines. Anything with the intent of attracting a wide audience usually comes with a memorable hashtag — #MeToo, #FreeHongKong, #LoveWins, #BlackLivesMatter, #COVID19 and #SupremeCourt are just some examples. First conceived in 2007 by … Read More

What’s the problem with all science being “done” in English? - Lippy Linguist

Andreea Calude Jan 24, 2020

I’ve been listening to a wonderful podcast this morning which left me thinking. The podcast was a 30-min well-spent break, in the company of Daniel Midgley and Michael Gordin.  You might know Daniel Midgley from the Talk the Talk linguistics podcast. Michael Gordin is the author of “Scientific Babel”, which concerns the history of how English came … Read More

A bunch of bad guys – why David Cameron needs corpus linguistics - Lippy Linguist

Andreea Calude May 20, 2019

An innocent turn of phrase….or is it? If you are David Cameron, you will have by now learnt that size nouns used in SIZE NOUN + OF + NOUN constructions can get one in a whole bunch of hot water (well…maybe not the exact terminology but the idea behind it at least)! In 2016, he had the misfortune of Twitting the … Read More

“Units of Linguistic Analysis” and why the past of English “go” is “went” - Lippy Linguist

Andreea Calude Apr 23, 2019

We are sitting on his bed, and my son pulls out all the different ponies – they are of different colours and sizes – and then he says “I know, I know a good idea [ideas are things that he knows, not things that come to him], let’s organise the ponies by colour”. My best friend is aptly impressed, and … Read More

How children’s picturebooks can disrupt existing language hierarchies - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 01, 2018

Nicola Daly, University of Waikato There are many factors that shape the value we place on different languages. Some languages seem more pleasant to listen to, easier to learn or more logical. These perceptions are generally influenced by our attitudes towards the speakers of a language and the different situations in which the language is spoken. One … Read More

The slippery grammar of spoken vs written English - Lippy Linguist

Andreea Calude Mar 16, 2018

Andreea S. Calude, University of Waikato This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. My grammar checker and I are on a break. Due to irreconcilable differences, we are no longer on speaking terms. It all started when it became dead set on putting commas before every single “which”. Despite all the … Read More

Future tense: how the language you speak influences your willingness to take climate action - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 12, 2018

Astghik Mavisakalyan, Curtin University; Clas Weber, University of Western Australia, and Yashar Tarverdi, Curtin University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Does the language we speak influence how much we care about the environment? Our new research suggests that the answer is yes. Speakers of … Read More

The linguistic landscapes of bilingual picturebooks: Teaching children that languages are created equal - Lippy Linguist

Guest Author Feb 02, 2018

By Dr Nicola Daly Often when we hear someone speak, we start making inferences about the characteristics and personality of the person. There is a considerable body of research concerning language attitudes which shows, for example, that when we hear a person speaking with a Received Pronunciation or RP British English accent (also known as the Queen’s … Read More