Month: November 2017

How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction by Anne Curzan and Michael Adams

How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction by Anne Curzan and Michael Adams
Posted on November 29, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This was one of my textbooks for my Intro to the Study of Language class. It’s a brilliant textbook and I recommend it. The authors write with personality and the information is conveyed really effectively. It covers the very fundamental aspects of language, primarily the English language (but it also explains the IPA). It talks about phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, semantics, you name it. It finishes up with a very brief history of English (Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, and Modern English) and a few thoughts on how it might be […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted on November 23, 2017 in holiday / 0 Comments

(source) Happy Thanksgiving! Even if you don’t celebrate it officially, it’s always nice to set aside a day especially for giving thanks. (And feasting.) As much as I love the feast aspect of this holiday, as well as the gathering of family and friends, I think it’s really important to recognise all of the things we have to be thankful for in our lives. I have been especially blessed with an amazing family, both immediate and extended, whom I see several times a year and vacation with regularly. I have a group of incredibly loyal […]

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The Dilbert Future by Scott Adams

The Dilbert Future by Scott Adams
Posted on November 15, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book was great. It was funny from the start, and I wouldn’t expect any less from Scott Adams. Disclaimer: I like his comics, and I would count them among my favourites, but it’s pretty hit or miss. Some I get right away and find hilarious and others I don’t. But this book was much funnier than any of his cartoons. Only maybe the first few chapters were laugh-out-loud funny the entire time, but later chapters did have a few great moments. It ended on a rather serious note. But it was all […]

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Spell It Out by David Crystal

Spell It Out by David Crystal
Posted on November 8, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points I must admit: I was not a super duper fan of this book. I know David Crystal is quite popular in the world of linguistic literature. But this was not the best book to start out on, it would seem. Now, don’t get me wrong, the information was very interesting—it just didn’t need to be a 300-page book. It could have been condensed down to a few chapters. I know because I took notes on it and the amount of notes I took was incommensurable with the amount of pages there were. Some […]

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