I was struck by this tweet from Lynne Murphy today: International Summer School has started, which means the campus is full of young American women calling each other 'dude'. — Lynne Murphy (@lynneguist) June 29, 2015 For those who don’t … Continue reading
Category Archives: Morphology
When I wrote about my son’s use of “they” pronouns to refer to a single, specific person, I mentioned how there are people who want to be referred to with “they” or another set of gender-neutral pronouns because they don’t … Continue reading
Today I was walking with my son, and we passed two men going the other way. I said to him, “Did you see how one of those guys was really red in the face?” “No, what’s so special about them … Continue reading
Slides from my talk today at the Georgetown University Roundtable on Linguistics.
Last week I talked about how high-frequency words and phrases resist analogical change. This entrenchment happens because analogical change is driven by forgetting, and it’s harder to forget something that you’ve said a lot. In this post I want to … Continue reading
I’m pleased that so many people found my last post on forgetting and language change interesting. Ariel Cohen-Goldberg in particular noted this about forgetting: @grvsmth Nice post! This correlates with the fact that many irregulars are high freq (went, have). … Continue reading
Emily Brewster remarked the other day on the emergence and resurgence of irregular verb forms like “snuck,” “dreamt” and “awoke.” Stan Carey calls these forms unusual, and they are less common than innovative regular forms, but they are not surprising … Continue reading