Tagged: linguistics

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

Wicked! - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Jan 16, 2018

Wandering home one evening from a particularly long day at university, I was almost run over by a pair of tousle-headed, half-washed, hoodie-wearing skateboarders, racing pell-mell down Castle St. Indignantly extracting myself from a rather thorny hedge, I caught a snippet of their conversation: “Your new board is wicked, man!” Was the skateboard in question an evil or nefarious sentient … Read More

Evolution actually – A tale of two disciplines - Lippy Linguist

Andreea Calude Nov 09, 2017

I wrote a recent post which touched on adopting approaches from other disciplines, specifically biology, and applying them to language data. It started a long time ago, that we realised language, as abstract and elusive as it might seem, can be thought of (and even more, modelled) in a similar vein to biological phenomena – people credit Darwin with … Read More

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