Do linguistics still matter?
30 May 2024 | 12:27 pm

I've been scarce here for a while, due to moving (for a year, while the Quadrangle is reconstructed) and dealing with some overdue professional obligations. Time will continue to be tight for me, and it'll be a couple weeks before I have time for a Breakfast Experiment™ but I'll try to find time for a […]

Mixed script writing in Taiwan, part 2
29 May 2024 | 6:51 pm

[This is a guest post by Kirinputra] To take a step or two back towards the Sad Cripples theme, I had the TV on the other day and the show host — echoing the guest, a dietitian — said this: “Lán Tâi-oân lâng kóng ‘tāu-leng’; gōa-kok lâng kóng ‘tó͘⁺-nài.’” (Can't remember if he used Tone […]

The perception and construction of Hong Kong identity via the quotation of non-standard Cantonese
29 May 2024 | 3:58 am

Assertively spicy and conspicuously Cantonese That's almost a contradiction in terms, because Hong Kongers are not very big on spicy food and they generally are not very good at cooking it either. Photographs of walls in a popular chain of special Yunnan style spicy noodles in Hong Kong: (Facebook) In the second photograph where it […]

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