Topic : Linguistics
In this anniversary edition of Language Lounge we return to the topic that started it all — sound symbolism — in our quest to learn the true meaning of /oi/. Continue reading...
English with an Accent
August 28, 2008
Rosina Lippi-Green is the author of English with an Accent: Language, Ideology, and Discrimination in the United States. Now she has set up a companion website for the book, with observations on everything from Ebonics to double negatives.
A Monthly Column for Word Lovers
August 1, 2008By Orin Hargraves
Every learner of a foreign language experiences a certain euphoria at the beginning, based (we believe) mainly on fantasies about what you'll be able to do when the studied tongue is mastered. After a short time, this feeling is often crushed — or at least, dealt a serious blow — by a collision with a wall. Continue reading...
Books we love
July 16, 2008
June 5, 2008
Want to hear the difference between English as spoken in Chicago and Liverpool, or Delhi and Alabama? The University of Edinburgh's Sound Comparisons lets you listen to a variety of English accents from around the Anglophone world. It's an eye-opening trip through the diversity of World English.
May 29, 2008
Name That Restaurant
April 24, 2008
What's in a name, at least a restaurant name? Lucky for us, a professor has written a fascinating paper that explains how "names of contemporary dining and drinking establishments serve as semantic and/or humorous reflections of societal mores." Read it here.