01 février 2015

Broiling Over

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . If you reinterpret “in fetal position” as “in feeble position” or use “hunger pains” rather than “hunger pangs,” you’ve got yourself an eggcorn. The word eggcorn itself is an eggcorn (a reshaping of a word—in this case, acorn—based on a new and plausible understanding of its parts and/or meaning). Geoff Pullum picked up on Mark Liberman’s Language Log post on eggcorns to coin the term as a way to refer to this phenomenon; and it has found its way into several dictionaries with this meaning. More...

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Garage Sociolinguistics

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . Read the above title aloud before you continue. I have a real problem about pronouncing it. Let me explain. In the fall I was quite unexpectedly forced to move house. My new home has not only an off-street parking spot but also a standalone structure (pictured at left) intended for storing an automobile (but actually occupied by garden tools, boxes, unused furniture–you know how it goes). Uttering the name for this outbuilding plunges me into a sociolinguistic minefield. More...

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The Campus Culture Industry

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . I’m sure I’m not the only Lingua Franca reader who received a communication just before the start of the spring term thanking the committee who had worked hard over break on the institutional goal of Strengthening Campus Culture. More...

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Spelling (Sometimes) Counts

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy Among the things I’m bad at are backing into parking spaces, taking a hint, and grasping what people are saying when they mouth words to me. Among the things I’m good at are finding parking spaces, predicting what sports announcers will say, and spelling. More...

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Hashtags Hammer Grammar (or Not)

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . The hashtag is a major innovation in language. It was invented just a few years ago, to allow quick and easy categorizing of tweets. And then hashtags became an easy way to comment on the topic of a tweet, as in You had one job: A show about a detective with OCD, and that’s how they designed the box for the last season. #wellplayed Often a hashtag is a comment on a comment: I’m done with science #stopcorrectingparties2k14 Im extremely obsessive about everything I love Fall Out Boy so much #Superwholockian #soccer #softball #nickyrubio #random Destiel is my life Acknowledging its importance to linguists, the American Dialect Society chose #hashtag as its Word of the Year 2012. Two years later, the society recognized hashtags as a separate language category and promptly chose the hashtag #blacklivesmatter as Word of the Year 2014. Surveying the various uses and forms of hashtags nowadays, I was going to claim that a hashtag has no grammatical limits. It can be a complete sentence, an isolated word or two, an abbreviation, an emoticon—anything your keyboard will allow. More...

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Federal Agency Asks Banks for Straight Talk on Help for Student-Loan Borrowers

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Federal regulators are keeping up the pressure on banks to do more to help struggling student-loan borrowers. A year ago, Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, convened the nation’s largest lenders and loan servicers to urge them to offer modified repayment plans to borrowers facing default. More...

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Cal State Students Will Get More Say Over Campus ‘Success Fees’

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . The trustees of California State University voted on Wednesday to give students more say over the “success fees” some campuses tack onto their tuition bills, The Sacramento Bee reports. Critics have accused institutions of using the controversial fees, which are now in place on 12 of the system’s 23 campuses and can run to several hundred dollars a semester, to circumvent a tuition freeze that Cal State and the University of California agreed to in 2012 in exchange for increased state support. More...

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Could Video Feedback Replace the Red Pen?

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Writing useful comments on students’ work can be a fine art. And for instructors who put a lot of effort into crafting a critique, there’s always a substantial risk students will skip the written feedback and go right to the grade. More...

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Dispute Among Scholars Dooms Gift to Russian-Studies Group

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . A controversy among scholars of Russian studies has resulted in the death of a proposed gift to a major association that would have provided much-needed financial support for the discipline, The New York Times reports. More...

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New Project Will Turn Out-of-Print Humanities Texts Into Free E-Books

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are teaming up on a new grant program that seeks to turn out-of-print books in the humanities into freely available e-books. The project is known as Humanities Open Book. More...

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