Reports

O, Syntax Tree

December, 2023 Language Matters

This Language Matters instalment spotlights a particularly iconic example of trees in linguistics: the syntax trees used to model sentence formation.

Cosmic Questions

November, 2023 Word Stories

This Word Stories instalment shines a spotlight on common words related to cosmology.

Clandestine Communications: Cryptolects and Secret Tongues in the English-Speaking World

October, 2023 Language Matters

Sometimes language isn’t meant to be understood. Uncover the secrets of cryptolects in the English-speaking world!

Strange But True: Words With Surprising Relationships

September, 2023 Word Stories

This Word Stories instalment shines a spotlight on some common words with uncommon relationships.

Making It Up: Coinages and Translations in Fiction

August, 2023 Language Matters

Delve into the world of translation as we discuss the linguistics of words invented by your favourite authors and their voyages from language to language.

Money Talks

July, 2023 Word Stories

This Word Stories instalment shines a spotlight on a few terms with both cultural “currency” and connections with the vocabulary of gainful employment.

Loanword or Word on Loan?

June, 2023 Language Matters

Many of the English words we use every day actually come from other languages. Retrace a loanword’s steps on its journey into English and reflect on when it becomes fully integrated into the lexicon.

Contronyms

May, 2023 Word Stories

This Word Stories instalment shines a spotlight on contronyms - the strange words that can act as their own antonyms.

Mislaid Modifiers

April, 2023 Language Matters

Good grammar helps us write clearly and precisely. One way to avoid convoluted and confusing writing involves watching out for misplaced modifiers.

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