Archive for Joel Deacon

Friday, April 12th, 2013 @ 4:02PM

Sounds, Social Attitudes, and a Lack of Speech Science Education

Recently I came across an article in Yahoo news called 8 bizarre sounds you’ve probably made without knowing it (http://news.yahoo.com/8-bizarre-sounds-youve-probably-made-without-knowing-111000931.html). The title gave me the feeling that I would immediately see the natural bias one has regarding his or her speech sounds in relation to those used in other languages….

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Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 @ 2:56AM

The peculiarities of prescriptive versus descriptive grammar

–Article by Joel Deacon To get the basics of what grammar is and the distinction between prescriptive and descriptive grammar, please read Lee Ballard’s blog post  “What is Grammar?” Prescriptive and Descriptive Grammar in the Classroom: Perhaps the term prescriptive grammar is more relevant when one is teaching a language…

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Sunday, December 12th, 2010 @ 10:32AM

Syntax: A Generative Introduction

by Andrew Carnie –Review by Joel Deacon Carnie’s Introduction to Syntax is a decent place to begin an exploration of syntactic theory. Carnie is often cited in many syntactic papers and proves himself to be a fairly easy read.  If one is serious about syntactic theory or if you are…

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Saturday, February 6th, 2010 @ 9:30PM

“The Cosmopolitan Tongue: The Universality of English”

Response to what people are saying about the John McWhorter article.  –Article by Joel Deacon Perhaps I just feel like being a devils advocate, but I would guess  McWhorter’s opinion is not completely wrong. Moreover, in any argument one must acknowledge their biases, and the biases of a linguist might…

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