Category Archives: Language

Framing and Understanding Discussions

A friend of mine teaches a general world history course to college Freshmen. She was recently telling me about a frustrating incident where she was teaching about context and understanding historical events but one of her students wanted to show … Continue reading

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Beginnings

I am consistently a week behind with these posts from love your blog. It was hard to come up with something to write for beginnings. I found this funny because I am obsessed with beginnings. I have start-itis. Since the … Continue reading

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Describing Language: Sounds

This is the second post in my series on describing language: linguistics for the non-linguists in my life. In this post I am going to talk about the sounds in language and the how and why of describing sounds.  The … Continue reading

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Describing Language

Last summer, I had the privilege of taking a field methods class at CoLang (Institute for Collaborative Language Research) at the University of Texas at Arlington and while I was there I had had many conversations with friends asking about … Continue reading

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Duolingo Addiction

I’ve been starting and ending my days with language practice in Duolingo. Do you know this app? It provides games for language learners (for a few languages, mostly Indo-European and all with bigger speaker numbers). If you like playing games … Continue reading

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Ola! Oral Language Acquisition!

I spent much of my summer at the Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang for short) which is a biennial summer language program for linguists, language revitalization experts and speakers of any and all languages. While at CoLang I met … Continue reading

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Endangered European Languages

Go Euro (which unsurprisingly a travel website aimed at getting people to travel in Europe) recently published a blog post on the endangered languages of Europe. They teamed up with the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger and … Continue reading

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Health Care and Language

Being able to speak to your doctor and understand what they are telling you is an important part of getting good health care.  However, it isn’t always the possible to find a doctor that speaks the language you are most … Continue reading

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To sum up, February was busy but March might be busier still.

My big goals for February were another grant deadline for my dissertation. Reading some books and articles for my dissertation. Transcribing and then coding some data for a secondary project. Participating in the Ravellenic Games. Brewing. And, finally starting the … Continue reading

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WIP Wednesdays: Learning to use the NLTK

I’ve been learning a little python and learning about the different functions of the Natural Language Toolkit, which are a bunch of programs written in python that are meant to help one process natural language data so that you can … Continue reading

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