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24/04/14 @ 07:30pm
"When people think about a place, and they don’t find a place on a map, they think “This map sucks”. Or when people find a nice spot and it’s not in the guidebook, they think “Oooh, this place must be cool, it’s not in the guidebook”. But when they find a word that’s not in the dictionary, they think “This must be a bad word”. Why? It’s more likely to be a bad dictionary."
Erin McKean, lexicographer, in “Redefining the Dictionary”. (via allthingslinguistic)
"Someone who judges the speech of others based on their dialect is the person exhibiting ignorance, not the other way around. People are generally aware of racism, sexism, and other –isms. Yet linguistic discrimination, linguisticism, if you will, perpetuates racism, sexism, and pretty much every other –ism out there — and isn’t as recognized as other forms of discrimination."
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15/04/14 @ 08:58pm
do you even care about grammar




grammar and spelling are really important to me. I actually study grammar and spelling in typing styles. It’s not important to me as “WOW THEY SPELLED A WORD WRONG” or “WOW THEY USED THE WRONG YOUR” but rather I look for repeating themes in typing styles and can link that to a grapholect–or an internet dialect/register [typing styles unique to certain parts of the internet]

For instance a common grapholect is the doge meme speak shit.

"Much grammar, so spelling, very grapholect. wow"

thats a very specific and deliberate way of typing. There is a correct way to type in this grapholect and an incorrect way to type in this grapholect, and I think that’s fucking cool.

How about we look at language rapidly evolving–due to constant need to type and communicate via text, and stop clinging to classist/ableist/racist/sexist/etc. old white guy’s language wet dream.

Best response to grammar police ever.

yesss descriptive linguistssssss

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13/04/14 @ 09:03pm



A Tour of the British Isles in Accents


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12/04/14 @ 06:34pm


Linguistics, Victoria University of Wellington

Jensen Ackles is gross: ironically abusive appreciation on Tumblr.

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02/04/14 @ 07:04pm
"So raise a glass to teenage girls for their linguistic innovation. It expands our expressive vocabulary, giving us new words and modes of expression. Speakers may nostalgically look to a previous golden era of English, but the truth is that Shakespeare’s English is an abomination of Chaucer’s English, which is an abomination of Beowolf’s. Language is inherently unstable. It’s in a constant state of flux, made and remade—stretched, altered, broken down and rearranged—by its speakers every day. Rather than a sign of corruption and disorder, this is language in its full vitality—a living, evolving organism."
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29/03/14 @ 08:19pm

If you have any doubt that the hashtag is a frighteningly powerful tool in our modern vocabulary, imagine a person you care about texting you that song’s title line out of the blue: “You’re beautiful.” Now think of the same person texting, “You’re #beautiful.” The second one is jokey, ironic, distant—and hey, maybe that’s what that person was going for. But it also hammers home that point that the internet too often asserts: You’re not as original as you once thought. “Beautiful” is analog, unquantifiable, one-in-a-million. #Beautiful, on the other hand, is crowded terrain. Ten more people have just tweeted about something or someone #beautiful since you started reading this sentence.

As more and more of our daily interactions become text-based — people preferring texting to phone calls, workplaces that rely heavily email and instant messaging—we’re developing ways to stretch our written language so it can communicate more nuance, so we can tell people what we mean without accidentally leading them on or pissing them off. Periods have becomemore forceful, commas less essential, and over the last few years, the hashtag has morphed into something resembling the fabled sarcasm font—the official keystroke of irony. Putting a hashtag in front of something you text, email, or IM to someone is a sly way of saying “I’m joking,” or maybe more accurately, “I mean this and I don’t at the same time.”


The #Art of the Hashtag

Thanks to Twitter, the hashtag has become an important linguistic shortcut. But while everyone from Robin Thicke to Beyoncé has used the symbol as part of their art, only a few have truly taken advantage of its culture-jamming possibilities.

Via @pitchforkmedia

(via npr)

The development of social media communication as a new body of data study is a rapidly growing field of linguistic study. With each site having its own unique vocabulary, slang, and grammatical structures, it provides an endless amount of information on how we communicate with one another in our increasingly digital world!

(Fun Fact: Ever wonder why the hashtag is never refered to as the poundtag or numbertag? The term derives its name from the UK term for the ‘#’ symbol, the geographic area in which the hashtag was first used in a social media context.)

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25/03/14 @ 12:20pm
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the word ‘phonetically’ doesn’t even start with an f. shit like this is why aliens fly straight past us

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22/03/14 @ 06:15pm


So you know how every language has that word/phrase/sentence that native speakers can pronounce just fine, but foreigners can almost never pronounce it correctly? And the natives have a lot of fun telling the foreigners to try and say it and laughing at their attempts?

They’re called Shibboleths, and wikipedia has a whole article on them. 
Even better, wikipedia has a whole article on examples of them.

Some of them are ridiculous, I can’t stop reading this article.