Monday, September 29, 2014

What linguistic terminology bothers you?

So, we've talked before on this blog about linguistic terminology. It's well-known that linguistics has a lot of terms, many of them used differently in different contexts or restarted un unexpected ways. Right now I'd like you suggestions for linguistic terminology that stands out.

I'd like to know terminology that you find to be
  • restricted in an unusual way to a certain group of linguists or language family
  • unusually polysemic
  • restricted in time in som way (archaic or very new for example)
If you have any suggestions, feel free to submit them here! All you need to do is follow that link and edit the spreadsheet (anyone can edit, you don't even need a Google-ID), or leave a comment here on this blog post or tell us here. Don't worry about really clever or super new suggestions, all suggestions are good suggestions just lay them on me :)!

I also recommend reading this text I wrote here about linguistic terminology and the dangers of standardisation/eurocentricism.

Oh, and a shoutout to All Things Linguistics and their Crowdsources linguistic project for explaining linguistic terms.  Hurray for intelligent and helpful ideas!


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