Guest lecturer Dr. Kate Scott from Kingston University talks about her research on the pragmatics of hashtags and Computer Mediated Discourse.(CMD) What is Computer Mediated Discourse? Deborah Cameron and Ivan Panovic (2014) note that it’s important not to overstate the differences between past forms of communication and modern communication methods. While people use text messages and… Continue reading Specialinguini: The pragmatics of hashtags: context and style with Dr. Kate Scott, Kingston University
In The Economist, December 3rd-9th, 2016 We are witnessing a vast growing social change: animal rights and animals’ social agency is acquiring power and standing in an accelerated speed. This week The Economist’s report on Airbnb’s pet accommodation solutions reveals this change manifesting through language, specifically, in a lexical choice. More and more Americans see their pets… Continue reading I spy…Parenthoof, woof, and meow
In Vogue, Jan 2017 This is the second time the Linguini spotted a vegan item in Vogue (the other being a vegetarian eaterie in London, written about as a vegan establishment). The article starts off with a myth buster: “If you think vegan beauty is reserved for the granola-munching and the barefoot, you’re sorely mistaken.”… Continue reading I spy… Vegan in Vogue!
In New Scientist, 26 Nov. 2016 In Hebrew, there is a fitting colloquial expression: para para (in direct translation: cow cow) meaning to take one step at a time. (The origin of this phrase is unclear). As the entire article is problematic, it will be interesting to take each clause para para: ” It’s here, just in… Continue reading I spy… H5N8 x2 = ?
From New Scientist 19th November 2016: California biotech company Calysta has announced the first ever large-scale factory that uses microbes to turn natural gas – methane- into high-protein animal feed. Here’s who’s behind this: The factory, which will be built in the US in collaboration with food giant Cargill… Twisting the truth in 3, 2,… Continue reading I spy…Poopy food?
Watching the new GG was like what I would imagine to be like going to a Backstreet Boys reunion concert at the age of 32: warm, fuzzy nostalgia that washes over any imperfections. But nothing escapes the vigilance of the sprightly Linguini (that’s me). Nothing. Before analysing the sociocultural linguistic features of the series, let… Continue reading Cinelinguini: Gilmore Girls: To Noam is to love ’em
In New Scientist, 26 Nov. 2016 Joshua Sokol reports on the latest efforts to find planets that can support life, and that are similar to Earth’s life-sustaining conditions. There are quite a few intriguing linguistic observations to be made. We will examine both the similarities and differences in the print and online versions of this article.… Continue reading I spy… ‘Tis the season to be..hunting?