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"There even are places where English completely disappears. In America, they haven't used it for years!" So goes the lyric. But English is adaptable for special purposes.  Continue reading...
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A funny thing about the word funny is how frequently we use it to fill out the context of what we're about to say.  Continue reading...
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Joseph Stalin came to power 100 years ago this month. His modern heir, Vladimir Putin, is every bit as adept as his ideological mentor at weaponizing language.  Continue reading...
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What's your go-to metaphor? Examination of corpora reveals that dreams have always been a basis of comparison but modern life gives us many more choices.  Continue reading...
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We fit our speech to the circumstances we're in. Is there a basis for judgment when someone's preferred way of speaking is different from yours?  Continue reading...
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What are the describable features of voices? How do we distinguish them, and more importantly, what language do we have for characterizing voices in a way that is meaningful to others?  Continue reading...
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