Putting the ‘wow’ in everyday language

The wow…

As a Linguistics and Literature graduate, I’ve been fortunate enough to explore the quirks and quips of language. I fondly think of my degree as a series small epiphanies: those moments where your facial expression dramatically shifts as you experience the warm glow of learning something new and at the same time, the anxiety of feeling forced to re-evaluate everything you thought you knew about the world. I hope that by reading this blog, you too might experience the joy of discovering something unbelievably brilliant about  language. Wow.

Everyday language…

If you’ve ever initiated the scone pronunciation debate over afternoon tea, commented on a friend’s unusual multicultural accent or stopped to consider why you find yourself choosing a sleepy emoji over the word ‘goodnight’ in a text to your pal, I think you’ll enjoy this blog. By considering these questions, you are one foot in to the rich and fascinating world that is linguistic study. The fact is, people talk about Linguistics everyday without realising what’s actually going on in their language. It’s my aim to put a touch of simple science behind a few of the topics I find most interesting to take yours and my curiosities that bit further, linguisitiviely. 

Please note, my aim is too avoid jargon and keep posts as simple as possible so they’re easy to understand. If you’re looking for a completely accurate and comprehensive explanation of the topics I discuss, then use my simply put summaries as stepping stones to the scientific articles  referenced below.


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