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Tag Archives: sociolinguistics

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  • 19
    Mar

    2022

    Introducing Language and Society: A Q&A with...

    Professor Rodney H. Jones, the co-author of Introducing Language and Society, talks to us about inspiration, challenges for students, and the ‘next big thing’ in sociolinguistics. ...

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  • 11
    Aug

    2020

    Ableist Language and the Euphemism Treadmill

    The Euphemism Treadmill is common in the areas of language related to race and ethnicity, disease, and disability. What is this phenomenon? A euphemism is a word substituted for one that is considered...

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  • 3
    Jun

    2020

    Disease and Discrimination

    The emergence and spread of COVID-19 has led to increased discrimination against Asian people, and specifically led to anti-Chinese prejudice. The virus is believed to have originated in a wet market...

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  • 27
    May

    2020

    Media, language and corona

    Plagues, pestilence, inundations and devastations, usually visited upon a complacent people, are as old as our oldest myths (perhaps we should have paid them more attention). But in Covid-19 and the global...

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  • 26
    May

    2020

    A lake with a copse of tress and a house beside it, in golden light.

    Pandemic words matter … but how?

    “We’re all in this together,” proclaim many Americans in this time of the global covid-19 pandemic. One meme displays the word VIRUS with the letters VIR marked out, highlighting US. The solidarity...

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  • 22
    May

    2020

    Language differences as shibboleths in a pandemic

    In times of crisis, when people experience fear, they often express hostility toward others. They discriminate against people who look like “enemies”. The well-known and shameful internment of Japanese-Americans...

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  • 20
    May

    2020

    Covocabulary

    All over the linguistics world, linguists are staying safe, like everyone else, but in their newly imposed spare time are having a field day, because Covid-19 has given them a new lexical world to explore....

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  • 8
    May

    2020

    “The ‘Invisible Enemy’: Language, Trump, and...

    MIt’s remarkable how Trump can make an unprecedented situation seem so familiar by cranking it through the language grinder he’s been using all along. Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, we have...

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