Category Archives: Linguistics in the news

Q and A – SEEDS alum Dean Schmeltz ’14

Ever wonder about life after Reed? We chatted with former linguistics major and SEEDS Intern, Dean Schmeltz ‘14. For SEEDS Dean coordinated an on-campus tutoring program in partnership with the nonprofit Friends of the Children. After graduation he served for a year … finish reading Q and A – SEEDS alum Dean Schmeltz ’14

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Soda vs. Pop vs. Coke – New Video from The Atlantic

Last June, Josh Katz, a graduate student in Linguistics at North Carolina State University, created interactive maps (above) based on Bert Vaux’s 2003 Harvard Dialect Survey results. The maps went viral and had us all discussing how we say words like “pecan” … finish reading Soda vs. Pop vs. Coke – New Video from The Atlantic

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Dude, Where’s My Accent? – Portland Monthly Article

Image: Nomad A new Portland Monthly article, penned by Chris Lydgate ’90, discusses the California Vowel Shift and how it could be influencing language in Portland. Kara Becker’s research with native Oregonians is mentioned in the article. Read the entire article here. … finish reading Dude, Where’s My Accent? – Portland Monthly Article

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ASL interpreter exotified for her prosody

With all the devastation and continuing hardships in the Northeast following Hurricane Sandy, a corner of the popular media has fixated on a most unlikely subject: NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s ASL interpreter Lydia Callis. From the Huffington Post to TruTV, Callis … finish reading ASL interpreter exotified for her prosody

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Death of Scots dialect in the news

Languages and their many dialects disappear at an alarming rate, and yet this process gets very little press outside academic circles. Unsurprisingly, that’s not necessarily the case when it happens to a dialect of English (or a dialect of Scots, … finish reading Death of Scots dialect in the news

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Targeting ethnolinguistic minorities in NYC

As linguists, we all find language(s) fascinating, and are often very interested in what the people around us are speaking. Apparently, we’re not alone in our passion. Recently, the NYPD’s intelligence division has taken an interest in investigating people of … finish reading Targeting ethnolinguistic minorities in NYC

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PIE from Anatolia, say evolutionary biologists

Evolutionary Biologists use computational modeling to contribute to the debate over the origins of PIE (proto-Indo-European, natch), and argue it comes from Anatolia. There’s a nice mention of the use core vocabulary (kindship terms, numbers, etc.), specifically here terms for … finish reading PIE from Anatolia, say evolutionary biologists

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Obama signs "thank you"

Although in my opinion the reports that President Obama "speaks" sign language (speaks? and what is fluency, anyway?) are overrated, this is a great moment where Obama replies to a deaf teenager who signs "I am proud of you,"… Continue reading

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Obama signs “thank you”

Although in my opinion the reports that President Obama "speaks" sign language (speaks? and what is fluency, anyway?) are overrated, this is a great moment where Obama replies to a deaf teenager who signs "I am proud of you," saying … finish reading Obama signs “thank you”

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Women, linguistic change, and vocal fry in the NYT

“They’re Like, Way Ahead of the Linguistic Curve,” reports Douglas Quenqua of the New York Times. Picking up on the recent trending topic of “vocal fry” (creaky voice) in the media, this article presents a wonderfully nuanced and social constructionist … finish reading Women, linguistic change, and vocal fry in the NYT

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