Garden path sentences to elephants in pajamas to buffalo buffaloing other buffalo. Mind blown.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/49238/7-sentences-sound-crazy-are-still-grammatical

Improve your knowledge of phonetics as well as English pronunciation!
“This application was originally designed at the University of Iowa to help students learning how the sounds of different languages are produced. Since its production, it has become a milestone for phonetics teaching tools around the globe.”
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“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.”

http://mentalfloss.com/article/31648/10-language-mistakes-kids-make-are-actually-pretty-smart

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!

http://edu.surveygizmo.com/s3/1397210/IRB-2013-U-1354

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“With this test you get a valid estimate of your English vocabulary size within 4 minutes and you help scientific research.”

At some point or another, we all need willing participants to help our studies along! Take this test to help a research group at Ghent University (Ghent, Belgium) out!

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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
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Learn about the opportunities available to you!

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED

OPEN HOUSE FLYER linguistics

 

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.”

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303802904579332751950927282

 

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Colloquium update. The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill will be putting on a colloquium in March.

The keynote speaker will be Gregory Ward (Northwestern University).

The Call for Papers is open, check the UNC Linguistics Department for information on the deadline for abstracts.

2014 Spring Colloquium
Date: Saturday, March 22nd, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Location: TBA,  UNC-Chapel Hill
Keynote Speaker: Gregory Ward (Northwestern University)

via 2014 Spring Colloquium – Department of Linguistics.

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clementsClancy Clements, a linguist from Indiana University, will give a talk on Friday, October 18 at 4:00 in Greene 145.

The title is:

How the brain constructs grammar (without a tutor): evidence from some Portuguese- and Spanish-lexified contact varieties

One of the things the brain does very well is recognize patterns. It is also sensitive to input and input frequency in creating the patterns. In this presentation, I show how frequency of occurrence of nominal and verbal forms in discourse can be determined, and how this form frequency, along with the perceptual salience of such forms, can serve to predict form selection in the language acquisition/creation process, and account for the restructuring found in immigrant and creole languages. The data are taken from a representative sample of Portuguese- and Spanish-based language- contact varieties.

Clancy Clements LING talk (flyer)

You can find more information about Clancy on his webpage:

http://www.indiana.edu/~spanport/people/clements.shtml

I hope to see all of you on the 18th!

 

 

If you’re interested in exploring your knowledge of world languages, try The Great Language Game. This is a fun online language classification game that plays samples of languages of the world and your task is to correctly identify them!

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