Vocabulary hoax and social stratification

Recommended readings on language: the Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax, and what’s on the fourth floor.

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Apropos of nothing, here is a blog post with this week’s suggested readings for a class that I’m teaching.  Some of them are quite interesting and not at all technical.  In particular, the Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax piece by Geoffrey Pullum talks about issues that have come up multiple times in the Comments section of this blog, and the Social stratification of (r) in New York City department stores piece by William Labov is quite fascinating if you’re interested in language and society.

Suggested readings for Weeks 2 and 3, natural language processing


English notes

apropos of nothing: used to introduce a new topic that isn’t related to anything that’s previously been under discussion.  Examples:

How it was used in the post: Apropos of nothing, here is a blog post with this week’s suggested readings for a class that I’m teaching.  

1 thought on “Vocabulary hoax and social stratification”

  1. The two “syntactic ambiguities” are for me blatant errors in French writing ( if I was a teacher of French in France), or at least heavy weaknesses of style . Same thing for the coreferential ambiguities, except the second one, made on purpose . It’s different for lexical and phonological ambiguities, that are mostly deliberate wordplays which I’m particularly fond of, especially when they can convey a deep or a funny meaning .

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