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Fun with Google Translate and Scottish Gaelic

‘…chluich e fhèin agus Eilidh. “Mè,” ars an t-uan, ‘s a h-uile rud a’ dol bun-os-coinn. … Bha Eilidh ag iarraigh falach-fead a chluich.’ –from Uan Eilidh, by Kim Lewis ‘…he played himself and Helen. “Me,” said the lamb, and everything … Continue reading

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Where are all the brown-skinned boy characters?

Has anyone else noticed how the dark-skinned characters that appear on kids’ TV shows are almost never boys? It’s like, if there’s one non-white character on a show, it’s a girl. Leaving aside for now those shows with mostly all animal or vehicle characters (despite the fact that … Continue reading

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Sesame Street does Sociophonetics

“Rosita doesn’t want to speak, ever again! She doesn’t like the way she sounds. She says she sounds different.” — Big Bird   Today I happened upon an episode of Sesame Street that’s all about sociolinguistics. The vignette touches on sociophonetic variation, bilingualism, ethnicity, … Continue reading

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Doctor-Directed Speech, and Me

My first memory of a sociophonetic experience that led to an actual research project was when I was about seventeen years old. I was seeing a new doctor in my hometown (Flagstaff, Arizona), and I was surprised to hear myself … Continue reading

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When ‘big’ starts with /p/ and ‘pig’ starts with /b/

I’m writing because of another little language acquisition oddity. I’m basically curious to hear if anyone else has known a kid who’s done the thing that my kid is doing. Let me say off the bat: I’m not worried about this … Continue reading

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Sometimes I blog about things that I feel too awkward talking about face-to-face. This is one of those things.

I don’t want to make too big a deal here, but I’ve got a little PSA. It’s about something I feel like I’ve always known, something I assumed everyone knew, something that I thought was common knowledge, common sense. But … Continue reading

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How does a 2-year-old remember a funny accent after many months?

This is for you, NWAV44! The biggest annual conference in variationist sociolinguistics, NWAV, is taking place right now in Toronto. There was a time in my life when I would’ve never missed an NWAV, but this is the second year in a … Continue reading

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