Sociolinguistics 101

Socio-what?!! That is the usual response I get when I tell people something about what really gets my heart beating faster. It is no secret I love languages. I’m a language teacher, studied English and have graduated in topics concerning linguistic topics. But liking languages is something that can occur at several levels, because languages…

Tour of my Book Case

As you may know I like to read the occasional book or two. Instead of showing you what I’m currently reading I though it would be nice to show you the books I have. I have quite the collection. I think I’ve got over 600 books now. Most books I bought when I was a…

Linguistics useless and obscure? Think again!

So, the other day I came across this tweet, which led me to this brilliant blog post: You want to write better foreign language curriculum, help stroke sufferers and autistic children communicate better, or create literacy programs. Who you gonna call? The Ghost Busters? You want to revive a dead language, invent a language for…

Language & identity

Which language you speak, how you sound while speaking that language, as well as how well you speak it are all factors that people take into account when assessing your status, your intellectuality, and your credibility. Especially for non-native speakers of a language is this the case, but also for speakers of a non-standard variety…