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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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Soldier gets 12 years in Christmas Day killing at Alaska base

News : Field Notes (2 years ago)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A U.S. Army soldier was sentenced on Thursday to nearly 12 years in a military prison for shooting and killing a fellow soldier early on Christmas Day, officials said. Army Spc. Marshall Drake, stationed at Join... Read Post

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


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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