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In Berlin right now, en route to Leipzig for a conference and I did what you do in Berlin early on Sunday morning when your hotel room isn't ready yet... headed to a bakery for a cup of coffee and a pastry. I'm sitting and sipping and look up and lo and be-freakin-hold, what do I see on the wall, but a giant dialect map of words for 'roll' in German.
This piece, "Academe as a Drug Gang", is getting a lot of play … like being republished on Slate. It was posted on Inside Higher Ed by Scott Jaschik and builds on a blog post by Alexandre Afonso, here. It's a basic line of argument you...Show More Summary
You've probably seen the Atlantic piece about because by now. I actually have been wondering about this for a long time, mostly because I read Wonkette, rightly cited as a place where you can find this construction all over the place. Show More Summary
We've had a recent post about the discovery of new Gothic manuscript material (here), a palimpsest, where earlier (Gothic) writing had been removed and new (Latin) writing done on the same surface, apparently found by Chiara Faraggiana di Sarzana from Bologna University. Show More Summary
Yes, it's still happening. People won't stop talking about how Sarah Palin talks. And as far as I can see, they can't stop getting it wrong. This one isn't exactly wrong about how she talks but …A couple of our contributors apparently watch Chris Matthews on Hardball. Show More Summary
Shout it from the rooftops. Or just do like me and go stand on a street corner waving a Bible and scream it: The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics is out!We were fortunate enough to get an advance copy back in the summer, all 360 freakin' pages of it, by Trey Jones, Keith W. Show More Summary
We sometimes watch the Chris Matthews show on MSNBC, just because it's on. I agree with most of his positions, but man, I do not like him. Mr. Annoying Interrupter Guy. But the other night we got a good laugh out of him. He was mentioning...Show More Summary
Well, better than the news, actually. In xkcd. I already intuitively make some of these substitutions, like 'could not be reached for comment' to 'is guilty and everybody knows it' or 'new study' to 'tumblr post'.
New story out this morning from the Independent about George Walkden arguing for a new interpretation of the opening word of Beowulf, hwæt. Yet for more than two centuries “hwæt” has been misrepresented as an attention-grabbing latter-day...Show More Summary
Luanne von Schneidemesser starts her fine chapter of Wisconsin Talk (the chapter is called 'Words used in Wisconsin') with a story of her daughter finding out, in the Pacific Northwest, that people didn't get the use of the word bakery to mean 'baked goods' rather than the place those goods are made. Show More Summary
Busy times in linguistics. Just found out about a MOOC for corpus linguistics, offered by Lancaster University, available here. If anybody signs up for it, we here at Team Verb would be eager to hear how it goes.That message came two...Show More Summary
It doesn't seem to have made a splash in the linguistics blogs yet (or maybe I've missed it?) but Science last week published some papers that tell us interesting things about the population history of central Europe. Here are the articles...Show More Summary
And here's the actual link, with location, etc. Be there or be square.
Interesting piece here and here about teaching grammar in UK schools. Here's the key quote:Bas Aarts, Professor of English Linguistics at University College London, has said that new tests introduced by Education Secretary Michael Gove...Show More Summary
Everybody in the field probably knows about the new Journal of Linguistic Geography, edited by William Labov and Dennis Preston and published by Cambridge University Press. High-powered from start to finish and a badly needed journal.But...Show More Summary
Back in the summer, I heard that a new Gothic text had been discovered and published in an Italian journal. The article is this: "Gothica Bononiensia: Analisi linguistica e filologica di un nuovo documento", Aevum, 87 (2013), 113-155.I raced to the library to see the materials only to find that the issue wasn't in. Show More Summary
The Guardian has this piece out about "10 grammar rules you can forget: how to stop worrying and write proper" by their style guide author, David Marsh (pictured).What I'm curious about is the status of these as 'rules' in contemporary English, whether British or otherwise. Show More Summary
We were pretty quiet there for a while, but Team Verb is back on the job. I suddenly realize that we never announced the above-mentioned book from a set of colleagues and collaborators here on campus. The book is available here and it's already getting reviews (like this one) and will be featured at the Wisconsin Book Festival (here). Show More Summary
Wow, wonders really never cease, I guess. Today's NY Times has a big editorial by Anna Sauerbrey, an editor at Tagesspiegel, called "How do you say 'blog' in German?" about purism in German, especially with regard Anglicisms. (ClickShow More Summary
Our contributor Joe had posted earlier about the lengths that the UW Libraries were going to to restore our copy of the amazing Deutscher Sprachatlas (here). They're now holding a Friends of the Library event to celebrate its reintegration into the collection:Wednesday, October 9, 2013, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Show More Summary