protip: if you are in high school and want to do linguistics, try to integrate linguistics into your coursework somehow
Doing that ling thing to get the ling bling.
Did you know that beekeepers have famously attractive eyes ? Every single one of them . I don’t know the science behind it , but studies show beauty is in the eye of the bee holder .
Before we get to ergativity, unaccusitivity and other kinds of morphosyntactic funtimes…
Thanks so much to All Things Linguistic for setting up the Crowdsourced Linguistics project. We tend to prattle on about things we know, or find interesting, so it’s great to get an idea of what some people find bamboozling or tricky about language!
I offered to help explain the collected jargon of ergative, accusative, unaccusative and unergative. I still remember sitting in undergraduate classes and trying to get my head around ergativity, so for anyone trying to puzzle it out, I feel your pain.
Each Wikipedia page (linked above) explains the relevant phenomenon with as much detail as you’d find in an undergrad linguistics text book, but to make sense of it you have to start thinking about sentences like a linguist. For example, this is really a very elegant summary:
But only if you understand what the A, S and O stand for, and what that actually means for real language. I’ve given a short intro before (in this post), but I thought I’d write a post that goes right, right back to basics. Hopefully by time you’ve read this, the information on the various Wikipedia pages will be more accessible. Strap yourselves in, it’s going to be a long post by Superlinguo standards!
Me: “I wanna dedicate my life to languages”
Me: *puts minimal effort into actually learning languages*
Study linguistics, and the contradiction is gone. ;-)
Yes, you too can know a lot about languages while knowing virtually no languages.
wait, did anyone else hear about how steven pinker wrote a style guide about how it’s okay to break “grammar rules”?!
Are you speech analysis software? Because you’re a Praat.