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The Struggle of Small and Non-Western Wikipedia Editions
The online encyclopedia Wikipedia has become one of the most influential Internet platforms on the World Wide Web and is currently the sixth-most visited website overall. For smaller languages, creating their own Wikipedia ...
A Study of the Effectiveness of People-First Language
People-First Language (PFL) is a form of inclusive language that attempts to prioritize people’s humanity over their disability by literally putting “people” first. For example, in accordance to PFL one would say “a person ...
Linguistics as Un-Learning and Re-Learning: Exploring the Boundary between K-12 and the University
Most people encounter the field of linguistics for the first time in college—if they ever do—which can be viewed as both an opportunity and a challenge. Students’ lack of familiarity with the field is an opportunity, as ...
From ‘Deviate’ to ‘Obedient’: a Diachronic Study on the Semantic Change of the Auto-antonym Guai in Chinese
Guai (乖) is one of the auto-antonyms in Chinese. It has gone through a reverse semantic change from ‘deviant’ to ‘obedient’. The current research conducts a diachronic study on the semantic change of guai from Zhou dynasty ...
The California Vowel Shift in Santa Barbara
The Northern California Vowel Shift was first noted by linguists in the late 1980s. The current study builds upon previous findings by investigating vowel systems in Santa Barbara. Using two reading passages, the vowel ...
Consonantal Variation in Utah English
In this paper, we analyze the frequency of three consonantal variables in Utah English: the glottal stop in words like mountain, [t]-epenthesis in words with /ls/ clusters like salsa, and word-final velar nasals (NG+). ...