Andrea De Benedetti - Val più la pratica. Piccola grammatica immorale della lingua italiana. Editori Laterza
Qual è la differenza tra un grammatico ed un linguista? Che differenza c’è tra ciò che si vuole una lingua faccia e tra ciò, che invece, una lingua fa per sua natura?
Quali sono le ragioni pragmatiche e comunicative dell’esistenza di strutture sintattiche come quelle del fenomeno della dislocazione (fenomeno che io adoro, tra l’altro)? Perché, se l’italiano è una lingua SVO, si ritrova invece a dislocare gli elementi in alcuni casi?
Questo libro, leggero e divertente, ci spiega che la lingua non è, come vorrebbero farci credere tant* maestr* e professor* d’italiano, un monolita, ma in realtà un’entità viva, che mette sempre in gioco carte nuove e diverse per raggiungere il fine ultimo: la comunicazione.
Sarebbe carino farlo leggere nei licei classici e linguistici, dove purtroppo, paradossalmente, la linguistica non è insegnata…
I am studying to become a teacher. I am black and I have natural hair. One of my colleagues found it necessary to pull me aside and inform me that “my current hair situation” just was not professional enough for me to go out to schools on teaching practice and she was surprised my lecturer hadn’t spoken to me about it. She reccommended that I “invest” in whatever the other black girls used because “I was smart enough to take steps to better myself and I’m too pretty for that anyway.” Made me confused, angry.
This is utter bullshit… I just can’t believe this happened for real. :/
UCSF Team Reveals How the Brain Recognizes Speech Sounds
UC San Francisco researchers are reporting a detailed account of how speech sounds are identified by the human brain, offering an unprecedented insight into the basis of human language.
The finding, they said, may add to our understanding of language disorders, including dyslexia.
Scientists have known for some time the location in the brain where speech sounds are interpreted, but little has been discovered about how this process works.
Now, in the Jan. 30 edition of Science Express, the fast-tracked online version of the journal Science, the UCSF team reports that the brain does not respond to the individual sound segments known as phonemes – such as the b sound in “boy” – but is instead exquisitely tuned to detect simpler elements, which are known to linguists as “features.”
This organization may give listeners an important advantage in interpreting speech, the researchers said, since the articulation of phonemes varies considerably across speakers, and even in individual speakers over time.
Although linguists may talk about phonemes and speech perception a lot, how do we go from hearing acoustic input (especially in noisy conditions) to hearing speech? Linguistics is such a young field — we have theories and hypotheses, but finding physical correlates is a huge step toward understanding what language is and what the nature of the language organ is.
Exactly what she said.
Chill out olds, the brain processes txt language exactly like unabbreviated language; txting is not the end of literate society as we know it.
PhD, Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
'Filters, Neighbors, and Triangles: A Behaviorally and Electrophysiologically Informed Perspective on Visual Word Recognition'
lanuevasarah reblogged this from linguisticious and added: Twitter, Facebook, etc can be used as corpora as long as its public (not set to private). I think these are more natural (since people don’t really think about people analyzing their language the way we do sitting in front of a microphone). Of course there are always internet trends in language that might not carry over to real life or the demographics may be a vast majority young people. But I’m all for it! Language change in its beginning stages!
I’m very orthodox when it comes to corpora in the sense that when a person knows the intere Twitterverse or all of their friends on facebook are reading what she/he is writing, or when a person knows they are being recorded, the things that are genuine in language go lost, for example you’ll find only a couple of cases of Hanging Topic if you analyze radio poadcasts, but plenty if you analyze a conversation at a coffee table. But there’s a law we must respect, hence dura lex, sed lex… ;)
linguisten answered: For Chomsky, data don’t exist. Only introspection. He’s a nice philosopher, but not a scientist.
Yes, that is exactly the point. But he wants to be a linguist, but the problem is that he’s not a linguist, but a philosopher of language. He wants to be considered a linguist, but he doesn’t like empirical data. He should understand he can’t have everything. I can’t really see him as a linguist because he ignores what the object of study of Linguistics is: linguistic material coming from data.