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Christopher M Salisbury

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I can answer almost any question within the areas of applied and theoretical linguistics including: morphology, phonology, sociolinguistics, pragmatics and semantics and if I do not know the answers, I certainly can direct you in the right direction.

Experience in the area

I have an MA in theoretical linguistics however, my focus is on discourse analysis, specifically critical discourse analysis or CDA, and especially how CDA works in politics.


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What do you like about this subject?

I became interested in linguistics after taking a syntax course at the University of Nevada, Reno. It was then and there I first learned of X-bar theory and I was hooked! From there I became deeply interested in critical discourse analysis, CDA, and continue to focus my studies onto this branch of linguistics.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

There is still so much to learn regarding linguistics, that I could spend the rest of my life and still not know/understand it all.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Parents; you do not teach your children how to speak!

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Even though it was not widely known, understood or even labeled at the time, CDAis precisely what George Orwell was discussing when he wrote Politics and the English Language and 1984.

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Recent Answers from Christopher M Salisbury

2015-05-28 "flipping" pronunciation:

I am not entirely sure that I understand your question:  Firstly, I doubt I would describe this as a "famous phenomenon"; and it is not necessarily being "mispronounced".    To my knowledge, there is one

2011-12-17 "əl" sound:

Well, that is definitely a unique final sound and if you are not from Northern London then you have learned English in a British school.    You should look into the IPA, specifically for your language:

2011-02-22 accent:

I am not an expert in this field nor do I really believe that people can ultimately "lose" all of their accent.  That being mentioned, however, you're lucky that you're Dutch; the Northern Europeans have

2010-10-02 sociolinguistics:

My morphology professor used to say that a language is an army of dialects.  Or something like that...    For example, there are something like 500 different varieties of English: British English, American

2010-08-11 Linguistics Major:

Linguistics (small "l") is an enormous field.  Read the Wiki link first:    With a BA in linguistics, there really is not much you can do besides teach ESL (English


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