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Sub-Categories of Linguistics

The Introduction of the English Language to Fern Cooke
Fern Cooke: the ultimate English Language Learner, or not? Fern Cooke is introduced to the English language by her parents in the exact same manner as her sister, Rosemary; the only difference being that Fern is a chimp. Their behavioral psychologist father conducts an experiment from birth, observing Fern and Rosemary’s c...
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The Linguistic Nature of America in the American Culture
I found it really interesting when Firoozch talks about the linguistic nature of America; mostly regarding how America lacks the “kh” sound that is prominent in her culture. I’ve never taken a step back and realized that we don’t really make use of this in our language. I also found it interesting that she mentions how our...
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Why Have Words Changed Throughout Time?
Why Have Words Changed Throughout Time Throughout history words have changed immensely and people always question why? Well it’s quite simple, society throughout history has changed so much to a point where things of the past start to lose value and meaning. Think back to the times where we would speak Old English and...
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An Examination on How Lebanese Arabic and Dutch Participants Categorize English Vowels into Native Phonetic Classes
The perception and understanding of a second language are greatly influenced by the phonological and phonetic properties of an individual’s native language. This unconscious process applies to every human in existence, with some key theorists exemplifying that at six months old infants begin to show reduced sensitivity to n...
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The Origin of the Scientific Terms of Caesarian and Galvanize
As science expands humanity's understanding of the universe, it
creates a constant need for new words to describe newly discovered
phenomena. These words may be existing terms fitted with new definitions,
words borrowed from other languages, or new words created whole-cloth. A
look at two scientific terms, "caesarian" and "...
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The Concept of Dialect as a Division of Language According to the Linguistics
Language is seen to be more prestigious than dialect since it is used in the written forms and the more formal situations. Dialect is a regionally and socially distinctive variety of language, identified by a particular set of words and grammatical structures. Most people from the same region are not able to realize the dia...
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The Mapping of William Leap's Argument in AIDS, Linguistics, and the Study of Non-Neutral Disclosure
Argument Mapping #1 The goal of this essay is to map William Leap’s argument in “AIDS, Linguistics, and the Study of Non-Neutral Disclosure”. I will start by defining any necessary terms. Next, I will summarize Leap’s argument and will identify his fundamental claim. Then, I will describe the manner in which Leap support...
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The Mapping of Rosina Lippi-Green's Argument in Teaching Children How to Discriminate: What We Learn from the Big Bad Wolf
Argument Mapping #2 The goal of this essay is to present an argument mapping of “Teaching Children How to Discriminate: What We Learn from the Big Bad Wolf,” by Rosina Lippi-Green. First I will propose what I think Lippi-Green’s general claim is and will mention any subsequent claims that she makes, which are linked to he...
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The Meaning of the Word Confederate
The word confederate is derived from the Latin verb confoederāre, which means to unite in a league. The prefix con- is a variation of the Late Latin prefix com-, meaning with or together. The prefixes con- and com- are derived from the preposition cum from classical Latin meaning “together with, plus”. The word confedera...
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A Proposal for the Removal of the Potential for Gender/Race Connotation in Some Words in the English Language
Early discussion in the 1970s among feminists with regards to the fundamental claim of the Whorfian hypothesis on the pervasiveness of the “generic masculine” in English is, in many aspects, a concrete argument backed by strong examples. Words such as “mailman” or “mankind” do indeed seem to indirectly superimpose the male...
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The Status of Black English in America
The article “If Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?” by James Baldwin is about the status of Black English in America. He starts off by using an example of the different codes of French used in areas where French is the “common” language. He notes that language is a form of identity and is negatively used...
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The Evolution of Language With the Disappearance of Fear
Jean-Jacques Rousseau believed that man, in the beginning of time and in his “natural state” was brute, trusted no one, and constantly lived in fear of the world around him. Because of these things, the natural man prefered to live in solitary. But once he learned more about the world around him, he grew to understand. trus...
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The Benefits and Opportunities of Multilingualism in America
Multilingualism: Benefits and Opportunities For the most part, America is a monolingual country. Only 15-20 percent of Americans consider themselves bilingual (Franklin, Lauren). This is due to the fact that Mexico is the only foreign-language-speaking country connected to North America. Spanish is the most popular seconda...
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Deconstruction, Post-Structuralism, and the Use of Binaries in Language
Deconstruction/Post-structuralism Deconstruction or post-structuralism is both a continuation of structuralism and a form of rebellion against it. When putting on the “Post-structural lens” critiques are to show us the flaws of texts and how the text contradicts itself. Deconstruction encourages you to analyze these textua...
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Understanding Language in Literacy, Discourse, and Linguistics by James Paul Gee
Language, Literacy and Discourses In "Literacy, Discourse, and Linguistics: Introduction," James Paul
Gee provides an argument about language and discourses. Specifically Gee
argues that language is about how you say something and when you use
certain discourses depends on the social situation you're in. Based on
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An Annotated Bibliography on Teaching Students about Different Dialects in Linguistics
Dunstan, Stephany. "" The Journal for Higher Education 86.5 (2015): 777-803. Middlebury. Web. 7 Oct. 2016. I will use this site for student experiences with dialect. This journal explores the different experie...
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An Analysis of the English Language's Alphabet and Rules
Writing, as a form of communication, developed long after the development of spoken language. There are many different forms of writing systems, some, such as English, utilizes an alphabet of twenty-six letters, each representing a sound. The finite set of letters can be combined together to create an infinite combination...
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The Words I Would Remove From AAVE
In the lexicon there is a total of 52 words that if somebody said them to me I would know exactly what they mean. A couple like ‘vibe’, ‘poontang’, ‘props’ and ‘beef’ would never have struck me as being specifically or exclusively AAVE. Some of these words or phrases though I definitely hear being used more frequently than...
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An Overview of the High and Low Variety of Diglossia
Diglossia Diglossia is not something that is narrowed specifically to one definition, as many linguists have different perceptions on it. The one main idea that linguists can base their theories around diglossia is “situations in which there is a difference between the home/community based variety and the official language...
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The Important Role of Articulatory Phonetics in Linguistics
Articulatory Phonetics Linguistics does not just involve the study of words and how words are made up simply by their looks. Articulatory phonetics plays a huge role in linguistics as the study of words with sounds as well. Phonetics is studying speech sounds, while articulatory phonetics is “the study of how we use physi...
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A Comparison of the Respiration Process in Speech Breathing and Quiet Breathing
Respiration is a process of exchanging gasses between an organism and its environment. Compare and contrast the respiration processes that occur for quiet breathing and speech breathing. Include information about how changes in pressure and volumes are measured. Finally, describe how disease or disorder affects the differen...
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A Review of the Changes of Voicing and Pronunciation of the English Plosives, Consonants and Vowel Height and Their Acquisition in Native Speakers of Spanish
Yavas, M., & Wildermuth, R. (2006). The effects of place of articulation
and vowel height in the acquisition of English aspirated stops by Spanish
Speakers. International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching.
44:3, p.251-263. This article by Mehmet Yavas and Rene Wildermuth reviews the changes of
voicing and p...
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The Negative Effects of Texting on the Individual's English Language in I H8 Txt Msgs: How Texting is Wrecking Our Language, an Essay by John Humphrys
Texting’s effects on socialization skills has been a topic of great controversy as technology has improved. For some, texting is a convenient way of communication that even expands one’s linguistic abilities. For others, such as John Humphrys, texting may be eroding away at the English language itself. Humphrys, author of...
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The Semantic Change of the Word Nice
Nice guys finish last. "Nice guys finish last." Says every guy who is in the so-called "friend zone". If this were stated in the 13th century, this phrase would have a whole different meaning, or would it? The origin of the word nice is actually kind of interesting, today we know it as a word for praise or to call out some...
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A Comparison of the Meanings of the Verb To Go and a Game of Go
Go is one of the simplest words in the English language. Without an object, the English denotation of go is surprisingly nuanced: it can mean to move, leave a location, stay in motion, or act in a particular way. In Japan, Go is a board game, similar to checkers, which aims to capture as many of the enemy’s pieces as possib...
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