asking questions

one thing that i have noticed from the researchers i admire is that they ask a lot of questions and they state a lot of observations (to state the obvious). this is the way to begin good, quality research...so now the time comes to ask those questions...

my first article will deal with the notion of space (not outer). are blogs a space, how are they built... i want to use mental space theory and examine language on a micro level in order to determine the extent of this space. i have read the thought 'blogs are both a personal and public space'. i have even stated in my MA thesis that blogs are simultaneously a conversation with oneself and an open-ended invitation for conversation with readers. if this is so, how is this space constructed linguistically? does it differ from blogs that do not use comments, thus uninviting conversation in a shared space. which blog(s) do i examine?

goal for this week: decide on which blogs to study...organize my categories so my personal and professional items will be easier to sift through!

also, do i let these bloggers know that i am looking at their language? i think i will have to if i want to publish the results. it would be theoretically simple to google catch phrases, thus eliminating any chances for anonymity. i guess i have my answer :-)

August 20, 2004 in Language | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

exciting find!

another linguist looking at blogs!

August 19, 2004 in Language | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

71% dixie???

although i have lived in the south, in various places as a teenager, i have always associated my speech with the northwestern part of the country, where i was raised?especially when all of my friends made fun of the way i spoke. (as do some of my Swedish friends?you know who you are!) i just completed a test that uses quasi linguistics(?) to determine if you are southern or northern by word choice. i scored 71% dixie??71% (Dixie). That is a pretty strong Southern score!? according to the yankee or dixie quiz.

my whole identity is just one big illusion lying in a great, crumpled mess beneath my cowboy boots.

February 22, 2004 in Language | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

the blend vs. the metaphor

As I stated in an earlier post (which I will link to later as it seems that my archives are a little messed up), this new article on conceptual blending has cleared up a lot of questions in my mind. Mark Turner and Gilles Fauconnier define blending as ?structure from two or more input mental spaces, projected to a separate ?blended? space, which inherits partial structure from the inputs, and has an emergent structure of its own.? My main problem, before reading this article, was the difference between a blend and the two-domain conceptual metaphor. They are, in fact, two very different things, or rather; the metaphor is a very specific type of blend, according to Turner and Fauconnier. Their explanation of a many-space model of blending is very interesting if one takes into consideration the hyperlinking function of blogs. In my previous paper, I compared the use of hyperlinking as a form of metonymy. I am now inclined to wonder, however, if this many-space model is not a better explanation. I need to give this more thought.

February 1, 2004 in Language | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Blending a little more

I am very excited about this new blog. I really hope that it becomes a place of linguistic discourse. I started reading an article about blends, Conceptual Integration and Formal Expression, and it has cleared up a lot of questions left by the last article. I will try to finish it tomorrow and post about it.

Update/Question: Does posting a post about posting in the future signal a little too much enthusiasm about blogging :-)

January 26, 2004 in Language | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack