The sisterhood of I and VP

December 16, 2006


For other than talking

December 8, 2006

There was a lot going on this day. Clockwise from top left: common note to self; design for dimensions, top surface, and innards of a tap dance floor; marked out stupid puns involving “tap;” phonetic transcription; notes on binding theory.

The thetas don’t lie

December 6, 2006

Shakira happened to be the subject of most of our examples when discussing A-movement.
…”a position that is not a thematically marked position”…I’m *really* understanding this stuff…
That seems more like it.
Poor Shakira!!
She IS??? I thought we’d only have to listen to her for like the next 3 years, maybe 4 and maybe again in 2017 for the inevitable Comeback Attempt, or something.
Oh, and I thought it was just because she felt the beat rumbling through her bones.
Yyyyeah, we got that already.
I don’t want to know what else goes on up there.
…four days later…
Annnd she’s finally got her theta-role assignment and her Case. Relief at last.

Look carefully, this one’s askew.
I am not sure if it has to do with gestures or not when quails “do it,” but I know that gestures are at least involved when humans do it. And I should hope it’s not qualitatively the “same thing” but rather a “diff thing.”

Now selling on Busted Tees…

November 29, 2006


My hardest sound

November 13, 2006

This refers to the actual difficulty of my articulating the sound (I think I meant either palatal plosives or any implosive), not some weird sound symbolism thing. And those are F1/F2 arrows, PS.

Three pumpkin donuts

November 9, 2006

I felt guilty and needed validation; having to produce uvular articulations makes me very self-conscious.

Creaky Voice Girl

November 7, 2006

Response to a classmate saying, “You’re creaky voice girl this morning!” Because it was 8:30, and I was. (Erm, those are supposed to be vocal cords and arytenoid cartilages…)

Handouts are good

November 4, 2006

Sensitive Discussions

November 2, 2006

Poor AAVE. We can’t talk about it without going there. (Please note that, actually, I appreciate AAVE making us go there, and part of the reason we talk about AAVE at all is because somebody [Labov?] initially decided to go there. It’s good to go there. We need to go there.)