Language and Linguistics

Having been what some might call an armchair linguist for a while now, I feel the need to straighten out some things about language and linguistics in writing.

I love language. I love linguistics (both theoretical linguistics and sociolinguistics). And I thought it was about time that I put some of my recent thoughts on paper. It has been a while since I have been out of the game (i.e. out of the classroom), but that doesn’t mean that I have stopped thinking about language and linguistics. Because I haven’t.

And while I may not always be up-to-date with the most cutting-edge journals or the most current lectures on these topics, that doesn’t mean I don’t know what I’m talking about or that I don’t have valid points to make. Because I do.

I like science. I like the scientific method. I don’t follow or idolize any particular scientist, school of thought or theory. And I like thinking about language in a scientific way, hence my love of linguistics.

That said, I believe that I have some interesting things to say about language and linguistics, misconceptions about them and what they are (or might be).

Most of the time, I will be using my own terminology which I will clearly define as I go. Some of it will cross over with the popular (some might say “correct”) jargon of linguistics and language study.

Without further ado (because I can go on all day), I present you with my blog on Language and Linguistics.

Steve

P.S. Feel free to comment or email me. I would like this to be a conversation/forum for people who have an interest in the subject.