Ezra Vasquez

The personal blog of an applied linguist, writer, & educator

Category: Linguistics

  • Memes, Shibboleths, and Sociolects

    Memes, Shibboleths, and Sociolects

    NPR published an article on the 2023 “banished words” according to Lake Superior State University faculty on January 1st, 2023: In their annual “Banished Words” list, the faculty of Lake Superior State University also suggest removing from your vocabulary overused phrases like “does that make sense?” and “it is what it is.” (Image credit: Christopher […]

  • Edge Effect — Conversation Analysis and Art Criticism

    Edge Effect — Conversation Analysis and Art Criticism

    I returned today from my first post-pandemic visit to the Getty Center in Los Angeles. I enjoy visiting museums, but I always wish the visits were more productive. This post represents the fruits of that impulse. My trade is applied linguistics, so I considered what insights can be gleaned from the world of art by […]

  • The Pragmatics of Greeting Cards

    The Pragmatics of Greeting Cards

    I’m writing this around the holidays, so I wanted to examine a mainstay of the holiday season from a linguistic perspective. The greeting card occupies a peculiar niche in the social fabric of modern society. Why do we buy cards with sentiments written by strangers to no one in particular in order to express personal […]