Plain Speech

Language Log informs me that today is International Talk Like a Quaker Day, and so I think I’ll take the opportunity to think about plain speech, and what it means to me. I don’t think that thee-ing (not, as Language Log discusses, thou-ing) is really appropriate in the modern age. I’m generally against orthopraxy, and …

Easy A

A short one: I saw Easy A today, and it was fantastic. A great movie, possibly a classic-to-be. A great soundtrack. Surprisingly deep and nuanced. Go see it.

A Little Mad

I fear I have gone a little mad. My mind and time have been so occupied by one thing—linguistics—that I retaliate by thinking about another—games and their design—as much as I can. I am filled with a manic energy, and sleep goes by the wayside. I read for my classes as fast as I can, …

Dread

Tonight, John ran a game of Dread. He nailed it. We nailed it. And we recorded it. The audio quality isn’t the best—we were operating off my computer’s internal mic. But we got the whole game, and most of our post-mortem (an apt choice of words when the game is Dread). I’m gonna clean up …

Compassion

This post by Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the most beautiful things I’ve read in a long time. That’s all for now. (More coming soon, some questions about linguistics and what areas of research I might want best to pursue. Also, I think a bit of Vincent Baker’s writing style is rubbing off on me.)

Echo

Today, I was staring blankly at Information Structuring in Papago Narrative Discourse (Payne 1987), and getting nowhere. Ever alert and ever insightful, Allison suggested we go for a walk, and get out of the house. And what a walk! We went up the Wonderland Creek Trail (how perfect for her, right?) where she’s been going …

Longing

The semester is going well so far—classes that fill my head with ideas, questions, and new perspectives. TAing is good so far—running a classroom ain’t so bad, and can even be kinda fun. I have a social world, too, seeing people I knew last time I was out here, and meeting new people, too. Yet. …