I was going to write a post for today entitled “Why I didn’t celebrate Labour Day” but Ben Zimmer not only beat me to the article by three years, but he also beat me to the similar title of “Why Americans Celebrate Labor (and not Labour) Day.”
I snoozed and I lost. This is why I’m not making the big bucks.
Instead, I will share some of the links that I’ve been saving for y’all. Some of these articles were published as far back as 2009, but you know what they say about reruns: if you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you!
So to kick off the new semester, here’s your homework:
- We’ve all heard of the Great Vowel Shift that took place between the 15th and 18th centuries, right? Well, apparently, Americans are also experiencing a Northern Cities Vowel Shift. (Here’s a video to help you hear the differences.) Not only that, but it might also reveal information about your politics, too.
- Italians are famous for talking with their hands, but they’re not the only ones. And it turns out that your gestures may help you express what you know before your words can.
- Size may not necessarily matter, but shape does! Well, at least if you’re a country and interested in protecting your language
- Ukrainian lawmakers take language seriously enough to brawl in Parliament.
- As I start a new semester of teaching writing, I ask myself what parts of my course I need to tweak, add or subtract. Should I teaching them about blogging? Is it really the new persuasive essay? Hrmmmm…*strokes imaginary beard*…
- Have you ever wanted to play linguist? Look at some data and work out the pattern of the native language you’re studying? Try your hand at some Linguistic Puzzles!
And now, a pop quiz!
There won’t be any more quizzes – for you, anyway. Promise. My students won’t be so lucky. But I will ask you: What did you think of these links. What was your favorite one? Should I really think about adding blogging to my writing courses?