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Book Review: Are Some Languages Better Than Others?

Are Some Languages Better Than Others?, by R.M.W. Dixion If I do not agree with everything this author has to say, I think the author at least deserves to be commended for a certain degree of bravery in his approach … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Stuff Of Thought

The Stuff Of Thought: Language As A Window Into Human Nature, by Steven Pinkler This book is a good deal less polemical than I thought it would be, and that is definitely for the best. Even if this book is … Continue reading

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Book Review: The First Word

The First Word: The Search For The Origins Of Language, by Christine Kenneally In many ways this book is a bit of a tease. The author demonstrates her lack of understanding about science by assuming that well-designed computer models offer … Continue reading

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Book Review: London Jamaican

London Jamaican: Language Systems In Interaction, by Mark Sebba Does this book need to exist? I’m not sure if it does. What is true is that this book is an effort to deal with the interaction between Jamaican creole and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jabari: Authentic Jamaican Dictionary Of The Jamic Language

Jabari: Authentic Jamaican Dictionary Of The Jamic Language, by Ras Dennis Jabari Reynolds It is obvious that the author of this dictionary wants the Jamaican dialect to be considered a full-blown language. The fact that this book, published fourteen years … Continue reading

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Book Review: Don’t Believe A Word

Don’t Believe A Word: The Surprising Truth About Language, by David Shariatmadari It would be best, in fact, to believe very little from this author about language. This book basically consists of various attempts on the part of the author … Continue reading

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Book Review: How You Say It

How You Say It: Why You Talk The Way You Do–And What It Says About You, by Katherine D. Kinzler Unfortunately, the study of linguistics is all too deeply tied with questions of identity and politics, and those are issues … Continue reading

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Yeet

It is intriguing to see people try to handle slang. And while it is unclear where it is that yeet came from, it is intriguing to note that the grammar of the term, and whether it is a regular verb … Continue reading

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Hooked On Ebonics Worked For Me

One of the more curious and more political aspects of language that one notices is the strenuous attempt that has been made by certain people to appeal for the linguistic status of Black English to be increased. Whether it has … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Likkle Miss Lou

A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice, by Nadia L. Hohn, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes It is easy to respect and appreciate the obvious message of this book, which is that people appreciate having … Continue reading

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