Monthly Archives: April 2013

Txtng is killing language. JK!!!

This video is an excellent response to the constant chorus of sky-is-falling pedants out there worried about the “decline” of language. Texting and netspeak are actually fascinating new developments in written language, and we should all approach them with the

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Look what I got to play with! 音声学のおもちゃ!

Today in class, our professor, Donna Erickson, brought in some devices used to simulate human speech organs. 今日の授業では、教授のDonna Erickson先生が人間の発音器官をシミュレートする仕掛けを持ってきてくれました。

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Wow, can you believe how rude he was?

Nuance is hard. It’s sometimes challenging to use the correct register in one’s own, native language, never mind in a foreign language! And then there are all those fuzzy words we use to hesitate and seem more humble–“I was wondering”,

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Turning Sounds into Meaning

Today I’d like to spend a little time on something kind of technical: phonology. Phonology (音韻論) is a branch of linguistics that focuses on the sounds of a language and how they’re converted into grammatical units. It’s distinct from phonetics

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