“Critical discourse analysis”

Hey women, you’re doing it wrong! This is sometimes what I think the slogan of the movement to “help” women speak more authoritatively should be. I believe intentions around this topic have been good and that the topic of gendered speech patterns that are a result of and perpetuate arbitrary stereotypes is enormously important. However,…

Dialogue expert?

I recently tried my hand as a linguistic consultant for a screenwriter. Through a listserv, I learned of someone in New York who was seeking assistance from a dialogue expert on his movie script. I’m a sociolinguist; I firmly believe my in-depth training in linguistics and, in my case, discourse analysis in particular, is applicable in any field. Language…

Grad School blog

To see earlier blog posts I wrote during graduate school, click here.

Words

Semantic Change Dr. Shukla, my historical linguistics professor at Georgetown, was one of those teachers reminiscent of Robin Williams in Dead Poet Society. While I do not deal in this subdiscipline, I could have listened to him talk all day about language change. I remember he told us: “Usually we don’t create words, we extend…