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

Tag: Conversation Analysis

  • Tag Questions — Catty Conversation

    Tag Questions — Catty Conversation

    As a child, a friend chided me once for ending every sentence with “don’t you think?” It was a habit I had picked up from my mother, who often spoke that way. Today, I recoil at the overuse of tag questions. By tag questions, I refer to those contracted verb phrases that contrast with the…

  • 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…