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The Grammar Rules of 3 Commonly Disparaged Dialects

Linguists are always taken aback by the overwhelmingly negative and sometimes virulently expressed reaction they get when stating something that …

Language

Justin Bieber called out by 11-year-old boy for bad grammar in 'Boyfriend'

An 11-year-old student is giving Justin Bieber an "F" for bad grammar in one of his hit songs.<p>Released in 2012, Bieber's hit "Boyfriend" climbed to No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard 100 and the top of the iTunes charts, in part for its hypnotizing refrain of "If I was your boyfriend, I'd never let you …

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The reason you discriminate against foreign accents starts with what they do to your brain

People around the world are hearing more foreign accents than at any time in human history, as more people move around than ever before.<p>In 2013, an estimated 232 million people (PDF) lived outside the country they’re from, seeking refuge or employment. In the US, 13% of the country’s 316 million …

Linguistics

Digital guide to 'Making It Irish'

Associate Professor of the Practice Joseph Nugent and a group of students have added an extra dimension to the McMullen Museum of Art’s new …

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Language revitalization: a total shift in values

When talking about our languages and what has been happening, what is happening now, and what should happen in the next decade, we encounter every …

We definitely needed this linguistics version of the “be like x”...

We definitely needed this linguistics version of the “be like x” meme.

Donald Trump’s accent, explained

There is the timbre of his voice — pitched somewhere between a squawk and a scream. The propulsive cadence of his sentences. And of course, those distinctive habits of pronunciation (“yuuuge”).<p>Donald Trump's supporters often praise how the politician gives voice to harsh truths. But that voice …

Language

He said, sheme said

English has a gender problem — but it’s not a new problem. <i>He</i> and <i>she</i> (along with <i>his</i> and <i>her</i>) are perfectly functional singular pronouns, but they …

Foucault That Noise: The Terror of Highbrow Mispronunciation

From Anaïs to Zizek, a brief list of "shibboleth names"<p>In October 1937, the president of the Dominican Republic, Rafael Trujillo, devised a simple way to identify the Haitian immigrants living along the border of his country. Dominican soldiers would hold up a sprig of parsley—<i>perejil</i> in …

Teens Aren't Ruining Language

People of all ages influence linguistic change, and it's always been that way.<p>“Don't grill, dude,” was a thing the boys I knew in high school would say to each other a lot. It meant, essentially, <i>stop hassling me</i>. There was also “budge,” short for “budget,” which presumably was a way of saying that …

What’s a Language, Anyway?

The realities of speech are much more complicated than the words used to describe it.<p>What’s the difference between a language and a dialect? Is there some kind of technical distinction, the way there is between a quasar and a pulsar, or between a rabbit and a hare? Faced with the question, …

How Iggy Azalea mastered her ‘blaccent’

SURELY, the strangest turn on the music scene in recent years was a white Australian’s ascent to the pinnacle of American hip-hop. For a spell, Iggy Azalea was the Donald Trump of the rap game: racially divisive, prone to ugly rants — and confoundingly popular.<p>With her debut single “Fancy,” she …

A BC Professor Recovered Thousands of Lost Poems About Boston

A BC Professor Recovered Lost Poems About Boston<p>They were reviewed and compiled by his students.<p>By ·<p>Image provided by Paul Lewis<p>Boston is undoubtedly …

How Catalan Survived

Banning a language may be an effective way of preserving it.<p>Barcelona is one of the best-known cities in the world, yet visitors expecting to practice their Spanish can often be surprised when they hear Catalan spoken in the streets. The language has had a troubled history, but is a key marker of …

Language

Manitoba announces 'historic' aboriginal language partnership

A new partnership between the Manitoba government, indigenous groups, post-secondary institutions and school boards will seek to "protect and …

Where Do Languages Go to Die?

The tale of Aramaic, a language that once ruled the Middle East and now faces extinction<p>If a Middle Eastern man from 2,500 years ago found himself on his home territory in 2015, he would be shocked by the modern innovations, and not just electricity, airplanes, and iPhones. Arabic as an official …

‘So don’t I,’ from Shakespeare to modern New England

‘So don’t I” — meaning, basically, “so do I” — has long been one of New England’s favorite linguistic curios. It has popped up in lists like “10 …

Social capital in the 21st century

<i>THE ECONOMIST</i>, as a liberal newspaper, is a believer in globalisation and migration. We have also often argued that multi-ethnic countries should …

Language

A Loss for Words

Can a dying language be saved?<p>It is a singular fate to be the last of one’s kind. That is the fate of the men and women, nearly all of them elderly, who are—like Marie Wilcox, of California; Gyani Maiya Sen, of Nepal; Verdena Parker, of Oregon; and Charlie Mungulda, of Australia—the last known …

How 'Thank You' Sounds to Chinese Ears

In America, saying thank you is routine. In China, it can be puzzling.<p>In an essay for <i>The Atlantic</i> this week, Deepak Singh described the culture of saying “thank you” in Hindi. His explanation for why many Indians don’t say thanks out loud took me back to my early days in China, when I was …

Language

What Is 'Correct' Language?

by Edward Finegan<p>Should road signs read 'Drive Slow' or 'Drive Slowly'? Which is grammatically correct: <i>They don't have none</i> or <i>They don't have any</i>? …

There Is No ‘Proper English’

Never mind the grammar scolds. If people say it, it’s the right way to speak<p>It’s a perpetual lament: The purity of the English language is under assault. These days we are told that our ever-texting teenagers can’t express themselves in grammatical sentences. The media delight in publicizing …

Language

Don’t Fear Our Changing Language

(Photo: Isuaneye/Shutterstock)Change can be exciting or painful. Change can also be scary: Whether we are a toddler going from home to daycare, or a …

Fuhgeddaboudit: New York Accent On Its Way Out, Linguists Say

There are some cities you can identify with just an accent, including New York.<p>But linguists say that those who speak in the classic New York tongue are part of a dying breed.<p>To find them, filmmaker Heather Quinlan went accent hunting around the city, holding a sign that reads, "Do you have a New …

Language diversity threatened in areas with high economic growth, study

High rates of economic growth are a driving factor behind global language extinction, with one-quarter of all native tongues classified as "threatened," a new report has said.<p>"As economies develop, one language often comes to dominate a nation’s political and economic spheres," Tatsuya Amato, from …

Mind that drawl, y’all

“IN AMERICA we do not care what a man talks; for we know that the sentiment back of the words will be American,” wrote Mark Twain to a friend in …

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