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What does it mean to be “political”?: Politeness, taboo, and implicit support for the status quo

“When I was a kid, we were taught a few rules among which was never talk about religion or politics in polite company”. This quote is the first sentence of a 2004 editorial in the Kentucky New Era. The author goes on to admonish

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Myths of melting pots and discarded tongues (part 2)

In my last post, I looked at a story told by a US Senator about how his family immigrated to the United States and learned English.  I wrote that I think the stories we tell reveal a lot about how

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Posted in Human migration

Myths of melting pots and discarded tongues (part 1)

While the United States government seems intent on providing me a never ending supply of budget dysfunction discourse, I’ve decided to move on to another pressing topic that US politicians have been discussing: immigration. President Obama gave some prominence to

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Posted in Human migration

Is the media biased? Can the study of language tell us? (Part 4)

In my recent posts I’ve been exploring the choices in language use (or discourse) that CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC made when reporting on the recent fiscal cliff negotiations.  I said that patterns of choices that different writers or groups

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Is the media biased? Can the study of language tell us? (Part 3)

I’ve been looking at media outlets’ coverage of the recent fiscal cliff negotiations, examining how different news outlets differed in the choices they made in reporting the events and how these different choices in discourse might reveal their biases (to

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Is the media biased? Can the study of language tell us? (Part 2)

In my last post, I started thinking about media bias by looking very closely at how the choices we make when we talk or write about events can lead to diverse interpretations of the same event.  It turns out that

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Is the media biased? Can the study of language tell us? (Part 1)

Greetings!  Welcome to the inaugural post of my blog, linguistic pulse. I’m writing here to share my perspective on language and its use in discourse related to politics, education, and society more generally with anyone who might be interested.  In

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