Elemental Linguistics

The Essential Elements of Linguistics

Element 10 – Language and Art: Stylistics
Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are! Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky.  — Jane Taylor (1783-1824) This well-known text was published in 1806, and most native speakers of English know the first four lines. It is a simple poem... Read more
Element 11 – Stylistics and Story
Element Eleven: Stylistics and Story Just like every night, the servant’s bell rang exactly at 7 o’clock. It was time. The Master wanted his wine. The servant prepared it and carried it to his Master. He set the glass and bottle of red wine on a small table, next... Read more
Element 12 – The Rewards of Reading
Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. – Groucho Marx It’s a common English phrase. “A dog is man’s best friend.” Dogs tend to love their masters without conditions. A good dog just wants to be with... Read more
Element 13 – The Complexity of Language Acquisition
  Element 13 – The Complexity of Language Acquisition Many excellent researchers study second language acquisition (SLA). They want to answer this question: “How do people acquire a second language?” But these researchers face complex and hard problems. Each learner and learning situation is uniquely complex. Acquisition is a... Read more
Element 14 – Applied Linguistics
The Dark Side of Linguistics Applied In the 1920s, Francisco Franco was the youngest general in Spain. Being conservative and a man of tradition, he was shocked when, in 1931, Spain removed the Monarchy and replaced it with a republic.A few years later, the conservatives lost the elections, and... Read more