Category Archives: Linguistics

‘Dictionary of American Regional English’ nearly complete and tweets

If you’re interested in American dialect words, look no further than the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE). The nearly completed multi-volume dictionary (with Volume I, A–C released in 1985 and Volume V, Slab–Z due in 2011 [Fall 2010 newsletter]) … Continue reading

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Resources for constructing alien languages

If you want to create a realistic science fiction/fantasy world, language helps a lot. Here are some conlang (constructed language) resources for creators and those interested. How to write the next great alien language (io9.com on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Elvish and … Continue reading

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Buffy (and SNL) ‘much’ much?: Slang research with Hulu.com, Part 2

[EDIT (6/7/10): I broke this long post up into two posts.] This is Part 2 (Part 1) on finding early uses of American slang and colloquialisms from the television clips and episodes on Hulu‘s (language corpus of) shows from NBC … Continue reading

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SNL NOT!: Slang research with Hulu.com, Part 1

Having trouble finding early uses of slang and colloquialisms? If you’re looking for instances of American (and possibly Canadian) ones, the television clips and episodes on Hulu from NBC Universal (NBC, USA Network, Bravo, Sci Fi, Sundance Channel, Oxygen) and … Continue reading

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2007 International Linguistics Olympiad, USA’s first time

The fifth annual International Linguistics Olympiad for high school students was held in St. Petersburg, Russia, earlier this month. I was hoping the U.S. would finally join in. It did and fielded two teams, one of which won the team … Continue reading

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Trade names: The Name Inspector site

Do you want to know what a linguist/name analyst thinks of brand names and company names? If so, head on over to The Name Inspector blog from linguist Christopher Johnson [via John Cook’s Venture Blog]. Here’s part of the entry … Continue reading

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New sci-fi language in Cameron’s ‘Avatar’

Director James Cameron is working on a 3-D science fiction film called Avatar (2009, IMDb entry) set on a distant planet with aliens. They, naturally, have their own alien language. Here’s the language part of the interview with Cameron: There’s … Continue reading

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Beatles songs in Cornish language

The Cornish-language band Skwardya (“ripping”) is now performing Beatles songs translated into that lesser-used Celtic language, songs like Hi a’th kar (“She Loves You”) and Neppyth (“Something”). Unfortunately, the copyright holders won’t allow them to record the songs in Cornish … Continue reading

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Follow-up: Oral language-play for speech impaired

Back in August I posted (Oral language-play for speech impaired) about the System to Augment Non-speakers Dialogue Using Puns (STANDUP) project that helps speech-impaired children develop language analysis through puns. The Discovery Channel has a little more information. The program: … Continue reading

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American slang / jargon book: ‘Talk the Talk’

This book looks like fun and is hot off the press (if books take over a week to cool down): Talk the Talk: The Slang of 65 American Subcultures By Luc Reid ISBN 1-58297-423-3 Publisher Writers Digest Books (wdeditors.com/wordpress/fall-2006-titles/talk-the-talk/) [EDIT … Continue reading

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