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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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One year later: A native accent lost, a linguistic typology gained

My daughter is now 2 and 3/4 years old. This post is about what currently seem to be her three conceptual categories of language: unmarked, Spanish, and America. ‘Unmarked’ is just my way of referring to aspects of language she … Continue reading

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After passing the Life in the UK test

‘Progress is not an illusion. It happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing.’ — George Orwell The testing room was overheated. I walked out of the testing centre with sweaty palms, my winter coat slung over my arm. Soon enough … Continue reading

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This whole post could have been about King Henry VIII, but it’s not.

Almost exactly two years ago I blogged about my experience studying for the written portion of the UK driving test: https://vocalised.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/puffins-toucans-and-zebras-oh-my/ Today, I find myself studying another bank of equally interesting, mystifying, obscure and amusing practice test questions. I have … Continue reading

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Chestnuts (etc.) Roasting On An Open Fire

There are some frequent topics of conversation at the weekly coffee hour in my department: shop talk, the weather, and food. A lot of us often talk about food we can’t get in Edinburgh. Or what used to be unavailable, … Continue reading

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Why Even Good Drivers Need Driving Lessons (in the UK)

Yesterday, I got my UK driving licence — on my first try (after 20 hours of lessons), and with only three minor faults, despite being a bundle of nerves and taking what felt like an hour just to parallel park. … Continue reading

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Four years on

      ‘This was Edinburgh, after all. One did not go about the place declaring oneself like some lovesick Californian.’ — p43, Love Over Scotland (a 44 Scotland Street novel), by Alexander McCall Smith       I moved from California to the … Continue reading

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