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Stan Carey has another excellent post at Sentence first, about J.R.R. Tolkien?s "deep interest in language"; I urge you to read it and savor Tolkien's anecdote about "a little man... in a dirty wet marquee," a fellow soldier during WWI (which Stan takes from Arika Okrent's wonderful book), but what I will quote here is a bit from a letter from Tolkien to his son Christopher:Nobody believes me when I say that my long book [The Lord of the Rings] is an attempt to create a world in which a form of language agreeable to my personal aesthetic might seem real.
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U.S. Soldier Gets 24 Years For Murders Of 3 Afghans

News : The Two-Way (4 years ago)

A U.S. soldier who pleaded guilty Wednesday to the murders of three Afghan civilians was sentenced to 24 years in prison after saying "the plan was to kill people" in a conspiracy with four fellow soldiers. Read Post

US soldier jailed after joining French Foreign Legion

News : The Raw Story (5 days ago)

An American soldier who abandoned his unit to join the French Foreign Legion has been convicted of desertion and sentenced by the US military to four years in prison, the New York Times reported Tuesday. Second Lieutenant Lawrence F... Read Post


Academics / Linguistics : Language Hat (4 years ago)

Stan Carey has another fine post at Sentence first ("An Irishman's blog about the English language") discussing John Honey's 1989 book Does Accent Matter? The Pygmalion Factor. He has some excellent quotes and anecdotes (one of whic... Read Post

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