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Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
2:47 pm
semantic ambiguity question
Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone knew of any examples in which lexical and/or semantic ambiguity (at the word or sentence level) had resulted in (or could potentially result in) real-world problems? Or situations/settings in which people ought to be aware of the issue. Admittedly I'm writng a paper on the topic, which is wonderfully interesting but I'm feeling a dirth in the area of what-it-means-to-the-average-person. So far I just have SA as it relates to search engine and automated response programs, possible problems in translation (i.e. for translators at the UN etc), and of course newspaper headlines...but that's about it. Can any one point me in the right direction?
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
4:29 pm
so i have been presented with a unique opportunity, and i am looking for any help you intelligent folk may be able to offer to help me make the most of it.

i am classroom assistanting a large lecture section of psych 101 at my university. it isn't like a TA gig where i am actually teaching, it is more about helping to manage the 60 students so the professor can teach. taking attendance, handing shit back, proctoring exams, that kinda shit.

the professor, knowing my interests, offered to let me teach the section on language. he knows that i am coming from a literature/philosophical perspective as opposed to his social science point of view, but he specifically welcomed me to put forth an understanding of language that is outside the doctrinaire position (language structures in the brain, chomskey, universal grammar and the like). the professor will make sure the students get what they need for the test, and for further classes, in the next meeting. so i have a very free reign.

what i am thinking about doing is contextualizing the discussion. in other words, i want to look at a cross section of representative theories of language across intellectual history. that way, when they are taught the chomskeyan paradigm, they can put it in a larger discourse of our evolving conception of language.

now bear in mind, this is going to take place in a 50 minute lecture format. the more i think about this idea, the more it seems like a much larger project.

so, i am looking at only presenting perhaps 4 or 5 epochs at the most. i was thinking of ancient greek, philology, wittgenstein, and whorf-sapir v chomsky. is there anything huge that i am missing? or a different set of ideas altogether to represent this intellectual history?

and i would love any references or ideas you could throw my way. i feel pretty comfortable with wittgenstein and the whorf sapir/chomsky stuff, but that's the extend of my extemporaneous knowledge. the rest is going to require some research.

thanks! this is as much a learning experience for me as it is a teaching experience, so i welcome all comments.
Saturday, December 15th, 2007
7:52 pm
a study of American culture
Hallo, I'm new to this community.
I'm a Russian who studies American culture.
I'm working on my postgrad thesis in lingvoculturology and I'm asking you for help.

IF YOU ARE FROM THE USA AND YOU ARE A NATIVE SPEAKER, please help me (it's terribly difficult to find an American here in Russia and make him/her answer the
questions :))).

Please, give a detailed example – like a scene from a movie, a book or from life - of a situation when a person is having fun. Give your AGE, please.

Sunday, January 28th, 2007
12:27 pm
Forbidden Words
Finally! The Pompous Ass Words Site, "a place dedicated to identifying words that shouldn't be used on the grounds that doing so makes you sound like a pompous ass."
Sunday, January 14th, 2007
12:27 pm
Chinese dialects
(Cross-posted to several language communities, apologies for any repeats)

I'm doing some rather in-depth research on the etymologies and phonological morphologies of Chinese characters, and want to do some comparisons across dialects of Chinese, as I've already got a decent base of information to work with between standard CJKV. Does anyone know of any good dictionaries (online or in print) for non-Mandarin/non-Cantonese Chinese dialects?


Current Mood: curious
Monday, December 11th, 2006
2:58 am
Calling all Wikipedians!
(cross-posted to several other language communities, so apologies in advance for repeat viewings for some of you)

My name is Paul Baptist, and I've been running LingWiki, an independent linguistics-oriented Wiki project, for about 6-7 months now. The project was dormant for a little bit due to resettling in the San Jose area, but I've started seriously working on it again, and want to invite anyone in the LJ community who's interested to join in on the fun! As of right now the thing is kind of Japanese and English heavy, due to my main areas of study being in those two languages, however all contributions are absolutely welcome!

For those of you who are interested in having a look, the wiki is located at http://www.lingwiki.com . If you're interested in joining and contributing to the community, hit the "Join" link on the sidebar to register simultaneously for the Wiki and the bulletin boards.

Thanks for reading, and I hope to see y'all there! Feel free to ask any questions you want about the project.

Current Mood: ambitious
Tuesday, September 19th, 2006
10:56 pm
Telugu handwriting
Does anyone know where I might find printable worksheets for practicing Telugu handwriting?
I'm thinking of the kind that you use in elementary school that have the dotted lines you trace.
Wednesday, September 13th, 2006
3:17 pm
Help with research project?
Hi :)

For my phD in linguistics I am currently doing a study, which, among other things, looks at the relationship American teachers have or have not with linguistics. For that purpose, I am looking for a sample of LINGUISTS (and students of linguistics) who are NOT TEACHERS and for individuals who are neither teachers nor linguists. I would really appreciate if some of you took a few minutes of your time to answer my questionnaire: http://kosten.homedns.org/index.html

Thanks a lot!
Sunday, August 20th, 2006
12:39 am
Why is it that when guys are receiving blow/hand jobs, they can barely string together a coherent sentence? Sorry if this is a stupid question.
Saturday, July 8th, 2006
8:16 pm
Hi everyone, I'll be starting my senior year in university this coming fall... and I'll be applying to graduate schools. I started my search for schools in February (or around there) and I -still- feel like I haven't done enough research. Right now I'm double majoring in linguistics and philosophy and doing other things in other areas that really don't apply to my main studies.

I was hoping that I could possibly get suggestions of decent schools in the following areas: phonology, neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and cognitive sciences. I want to mainly focus on phonology (I may be in love, I'm not sure) but I'm terribly terribly interested in the other areas as well. Actually, I think I might be in love with all of them!

Who are the leading people in these areas? I've also been trying to find that out so I could perhaps direct my attention toward the schools they reside at.

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006
10:16 pm
Introducing myself
My name's Anna, I'm currently studying English philology at Moscow University, and I'm especially interested in psycholinguistics and inter-cultural communication. I was very glad to find this community and hope to learn a lot of new things here:).
Tuesday, February 21st, 2006
5:10 pm
I'm a children's librarian in Santa Fe NM, but my undergraduate work was in English literature and linguistics and the use, development, and differentiation of language fascinates me.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005
9:03 pm
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Monday, July 11th, 2005
1:46 pm
Saturday, July 9th, 2005
2:59 pm
Let's not forget:

"Language is A Virus"
Sunday, June 26th, 2005
9:31 pm

A forum where people can post their own personal catchphrases.
Because when it comes down to it- life is such a sitcom.

Well, unless you know people with like, cancer and stuff. Then it's more of a drama.

Ok, bad analogy.
But you should still join.

Saturday, May 28th, 2005
12:22 pm

I'd like to be a psycholinguistics major, but the problem is I can't find any information or any people to tell me what kind of things I could do with my life, should I major in it. Can anyone possibly help me? Thanks!
Sunday, May 22nd, 2005
2:36 am
I was considering pursuing a major of social or lingustic anthropolgy [or maybe a mix of both], but I am not sure of the practical applications, nor what exactly 'lingustic anthropology' encompasses.

I have always had a fascination with words, languages, cultures and history, and I hope to learn several languages by the time I'm through. Would this be an appropriate field to seriously explore, or is there another field that more accurately explores those concepts and the like?

 Also, aside from purely language-based occupations such as a translator, what sort of occupational opportunities are there for someone in this field, or similar?

Thanks for any help you can offer =)
Tuesday, April 12th, 2005
2:49 am
German script
I am taking a course this semester about old German handwriting and need some old letters or other such documents on which to do my final project.

Does any of you have anything, preferably five to ten (or more) pages that you could email me as a pdf file or something?
I would be glad to provide a transliteration if you'd like it. Even a translation.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Saturday, April 9th, 2005
8:45 am
Planning on taking linguistics to minor in it

I am planning to minor in linguistics for college. I heard it "was hard" and that "you either get it or don't and that there is no between!"


I want to major in Japanese and psychology and minor in linguistics and creative writing. =)

I'm in college by the way. =)
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