Posts tagged "linguistics"

Let Cereal Take You On A Wild Ride Through Linguistics

If there’s one way to get me to learn about something, it’s to incorporate food into the lesson. Especially cereal, because cereal is my Achilles heel.
Anyway, Michael Stevens of the YouTube channel Vsauce has tapped into our primal cereal-craving urges to teach us about linguistics! It’s a weird, weird journey that starts with…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 6, 2015

This Linguistic Map Of The U.S. Fails To Take Into Account The Full Range Of “You” Expressions

I’m totally fascinated by the way people talk. Accents, vocabulary and emphasis varies so much, depending on where in the country you live. I lived in the Midwest (land of “pop,” not “soda”) until I was 9, which is probably why my speaking accent is generally pretty flat and indistinct. But I also happened to…

Julie Gerstein / August 30, 2013

Women Rule When It Comes To Words

Women! Our strange vocal tics and annoying upspeak patterns are actually groundbreaking and important, so says science. Linguists now say that a lot of the vocal embellishments women and girls use are actually a lot more sophisticated and refined than previously thought. Take that, Valley Girl doubters!

Julie Gerstein / February 28, 2012