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URL :http://mr-verb.blogspot.com/
Filed Under:Linguistics / Grammar
Posts on Regator:944
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Archived Since:March 17, 2008

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Grad students take note ...

3 months agoLinguistics / Grammar : Mr. Verb

Be sure to credit xkcd when you use this approach. (And check out the roll over.)

Attack of the homophones!

3 months agoLinguistics / Grammar : Mr. Verb

Delightful story in the always delightful Wonkette about a guy who got fired for writing a blog post about homophones, because it sounded too... icky. It kind of sounded like another word, you might say. Of course they had to use the...Show More Summary

"Interested in regional and social differences in speech? We are too!"

3 months agoLinguistics / Grammar : Mr. Verb

Just got an email with that subject line for a study about how people identify speakers of different dialects:Our research team at the University of Wisconsin is recruiting subjects for research on how people perceive and identify dialects of languages people speak. Show More Summary

Wisconsin Englishes update ...

4 months agoLinguistics / Grammar : Mr. Verb

Word on the street is that Wisconsin Englishes will be on Wisconsin Public Radio in western Wisconsin tomorrow, on Spectrum West with Al Ross.And the Wisconsin Englishes Project website has been spiffed up a little... various updates and a bunch of teaching materials, etc. You can check it out here.

More on the origins of Yiddish

4 months agoLinguistics / Grammar : Mr. Verb

Following up on the last post here's the link to the second piece from Tablet about the origins of Yiddish, "The Mystery of the Origins of Yiddish Will Never Be Solved: How an academic field—marked by petty fighting, misguided ideological debates, and personal proximity to tragedy—doomed itself" by Batya Ungar-Sargon. Show More Summary

The Origins of Yiddish

4 months agoLinguistics / Grammar : Mr. Verb

In keeping with our recent non-news news trend, reader cg passed along this link to a long article by Cherie Woodworth in Tablet on the origins of the Yiddish language yesterday. The piece is new to Tablet, but is a reprint from Kritika 2010. Show More Summary

Schwa Fire

4 months agoLinguistics / Grammar : Mr. Verb

Trying to do actual work seems to be a higher priority than blogging these days for the many members of Team Verb, so we're taking a kind of Last Week Tonight approach, I suppose. The news of the launch of Schwa Fire is now old enough...Show More Summary

/i:/ in the New York Times

5 months agoLinguistics / Grammar : Mr. Verb

The NY Times Magazine has a little tiny piece this morning (here, just scroll down and see the left column), about an experiment by Ralf Rummer (Erfurt University) and colleagues showing that students looking at comics founds them funnier when they were repeating /i:/ than /o:/ sounds. Show More Summary

TedEd: How languages evolve

5 months agoLinguistics / Grammar : Mr. Verb

Finally got around to looking at the TedEd thing by Alex Gendler, How Languages Evolve, here. I could see this being used in school classes. Anybody have experience with using this with, say, high schoolers? It's nothing dramatic or brilliant, but I could see students connecting with it. Big ol' tip of the hat to CT.

Dialect survey

6 months agoLinguistics / Grammar : Mr. Verb

There's a ton of work happening right now on campus about how people think about regional English, in various ways and from various perspectives. Here's one cool project... take it and pass the word. The map here, from Rick Aschmann and HuffPo, just because. Not because + noun. Just because.

Eye dialect and Cliven Bundy

6 months agoLinguistics / Grammar : Mr. Verb

'Eye dialect' is using non-standard spelling to try and convey features of how somebody speaks. It's often colloquial stuff, like talkin' instead of talking, but more typically strong stuff, sociolinguistically speaking, and it's often used to represent people negatively, e.g. Show More Summary

Grammatical terms that 'sound dirty'? Don't get me started.

6 months agoLinguistics / Grammar : Mr. Verb

Via HuffPo, here's this piece on "11 Grammatical Words And Terms That Sound Dirty". But PLEASE. 'Diphthong' sounds like it should mean underwear? And compound and hyphenate? Can you really get those to 'sound dirty' if you're not 12Show More Summary

Wisconsin words in the news

6 months agoLinguistics / Grammar : Mr. Verb

Well, now, the Appleton Post Crescent posted a quiz on Wisconsin words, here. A lot of the words are actually regional within the state and the Wisconsin born-and-bred folks I know who've taken it have scored as low as 40-60%.The example below is the non-spoiler... I'm guessing everybody from Wisconsin gets that one right, whether they use the term or not.Have a go...

The Mother of All Garden-Path Sentences

6 months agoLinguistics / Grammar : Mr. Verb

I posted this to Facebook but have been told it is too good to hide there. So, this appeared on the Daily Kos on Sunday. It's the second sentence - I'm including the first one for context: [A church in Davidson, NC placed a bronze statue...Show More Summary

Soziales Verhalten in deutscher Konversation

6 months agoLinguistics / Grammar : Mr. Verb

If you can't read that title, this post isn't for you. If, on the other hand, that title is in your mother tongue, you need to click here and help out a grad student. And if you know native speakers of German, please give them a heads up.

Essay Contest: Dictionary of American Regional English

9 months agoLinguistics / Grammar : Mr. Verb

How cool does it get? DARE is now holding an essay contest -- just 500 little words -- on this question:how would you use DARE to enrich and improve your writing?Deadline is April 30 and the winner gets a 3-year subscription to the digital edition of DARE. Full details here.Ready, set, go!

I heart word-formation

9 months agoLinguistics / Grammar : Mr. Verb

On a hotel bill Joe got on his recent trip to England: Non-Vatable - awesome!

'Bakery' = 'baked goods' in Dublin!?!?

9 months agoLinguistics / Grammar : Mr. Verb

Well, at the Dublin airport at least. I changed planes there on the way to England (and then Scotland), and bought a quick cup of coffee at this place: Anybody know offhand whether Irish English has this usage generally?

Because

9 months agoLinguistics / Grammar : Mr. Verb

As I feared, I didn't make it to the Word of the Year at the American Dialect Society yesterday. Here's the ADS press release. I'll ask around today for insights into the discussions, but am mostly relieved for the moment that twerk and selfie didn't win.

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