Daily Archives: June 20, 2017

Juneteenth: A Case Study In Acceptable Holidays

One of the more obscure holidays on the American calendar is that of Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, the day the Emancipation Proclamation became known in Texas.  Given that I have a somewhat critical attitude towards the celebration of many … Continue reading

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Book Review: Inventing English

Inventing English:  A Portable History Of The Language, by Seth Lerer Fond readers of this blog, at least those who pay attention to my book reviews, will likely note that I am fond of reading about linguistics for fun [1]. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Language Matters

Language Matters:  A Guide To Everyday Questions About Language, by Donna Jo Napoli and Vera Lee-Schoenfeld As someone who reads a fair amount of material concerning the practical implications for linguistics [1], even if I am generally far more interested … Continue reading

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