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Nov
05

Worlds Apart

By Sandra Topelko Just twenty-four years ago, in 1991, (a blink of the eye in the grand scheme of history), the creation of the World Wide Web forever changed life as we know it. A “web” of information became available for anyone on the Internet to retrieve, and the phrase “I’ll google that” entered the […]

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Oct
14

Introducing a NEW course! Semantics and Pragmatics

By Dr. Steve Nicolle, Associate Professor, LING 4/593 Semantics and Pragmatics Linguists (myself included) can sometimes become so fascinated by the structure of language (phonemes, tones, phrases, clauses, etc.) that we lose sight of the fact that the primary purpose of language is communication. Language is only useful for communication because words and sentences can […]

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The Not so Simple Truth about the Complexity of Language Use

By John Carter This is a guest post by John Carter who works as a language surveyor in Papua New Guinea, one of the most linguistically diverse countries in the world. John and his wife Katie are former students of CanIL, who later returned for a short time in 2013 and helped teach the Language Survey course […]

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