10 Language Mistakes Kids Make That Are Actually Pretty Smart

“Little kids make such cute mistakes when they talk. We know they’re still learning the language, so we tolerate their errors and chuckle at how funny they sound. Behind that chuckle is the assumption that the kids are getting it wrong because they just don’t know the rules yet. In fact, kids’ mistakes show they know a lot more about the rules than we think. The mistakes are evidence of very smart hypotheses the kids are forming from the limited data they’ve been given so far. Here are 10 really smart language mistakes that kids make.”


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Needed: Very Advanced Spanish speakers (native English speakers)!

If you are a native English speaker who has a very high level proficiency in Spanish, please consider taking the following linguistic task (~45 min). In addition to helping a fellow linguist out  (David Miller, M.A. student at the University of Florida), you will gain insight regarding the types of linguistic studies and tasks that are out there. Some day you might need participants!


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Minor Declaration Meeting and Social!

Informational session and pizza social for students interested in minoring in Linguistics

Thursday, February 6th
 Greene 317
 4:00 – 5:30PM

Grab a slice and get info on: Minor Requirements, Honors, Grants, Research Opportunities, Grad Schools, Jobs,
 Reference Letters . . .

What do I need to know?
How do I go about it?
Meet the faculty and current students
Learn about the opportunities available to you!


OPEN HOUSE FLYER linguistics

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Why Verbal Tee-Ups Like ‘To Be Honest’ Often Signal Insincerity

Why verbal tee-ups like 'to be honest' often signal insincerity

“Tee-ups have probably been around as long as language, experts say. They  seem to be used with equal frequency by men and women, although there  aren’t major studies of the issue. Their use may be increasing as a  result of social media, where people use phrases such as “I am thinking  that…” or “As far as I know…” both to avoid committing to a definitive  position and to manage the impression they make in print.”



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