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Summer of Love language: Still compelling after all these years

Geoffrey Nunberg, professor in the School of Information | October 11, 2017

If you’re into counterculture kitsch, you might want to check out the nostalgia-themed resort hotel at Walt Disney World in Florida. It features a “Hippy Dippy” swimming pool, surrounded by flower-shaped water jets, peace signs and giant letters that spell out “Peace, Man,” “Out of Sight” and “Can You Dig It?” Fifty years after the … Continue reading »

Dialectics of dialect

Robin Lakoff, professor emerita of linguistics | September 19, 2014

There are many interesting tales to tell about the current NFL scandals; many have been told, eloquently and well. But some seemingly minor points have been overlooked, and should not be, especially as their understanding extends well beyond the range of the NFL. When Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings running back, was questioned about his … Continue reading »

Gender and linguistic micro-aggressions

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, professor of psychology | May 25, 2011

Congressional hearings are not generally edge-of-your-seat television (the first part of Seth Meyers’ routine at the recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner hilariously reminds us of this), and usually not the stuff of headlines. Leave it to Rep. Patrick McHenry to change that. As reported in several news outlets (e.g., see here and here), McHenry’s treatment … Continue reading »