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Day: February 4, 2017
The Magister tripped me up this morning with the very first sentence I saw from him. Michael Masiello’s answer to How do I avoid atheists? I have this fear that atheists will ridicule me for being a theist. Andrew Weill and others have bewrayed the remarkable difficulty of your undertaking. Bewrayed? Bewrayed? Obviously no typo […]
Is there an inverse relationship between social mobility and prevalence of formality in language?
I have been invoked by Heinrich Müller, and I corroborate him. Sociolinguistics, after all, is sociology. (Vote #1: Heinrich Müller’s answer to Is there an inverse relationship between social mobility and prevalence of formality in language?) The classic study of formality and social level is Labov’s “4th floor” study, in 1966 New York. Or should […]
How and when did you become a Hellenophile?
I have attempted to recuse myself from answering this, being ethnic Greek myself. But Desmond James has importuned me to answer with my Australian hat on, and I do appreciate a challenge. So I will meet this challenge with generalities, reflecting on the hellenophiles and/or philhellenes that I have encountered. Hellenophile is not an established […]