Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” ( /ˌsuːpərˌkælɨˌfrædʒɨˌlɪstɪkˌɛkspiːˌælɨˈdoʊʃəs/) is a song from the 1964 Disney musical film Mary Poppins. The song was written by the Sherman Brothers, and sung by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. It also appears in the stage show version. Since Mary Poppins was a period piece set in 1910, period-sounding songs were wanted. “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” sounds […]

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Longest Word in English

The identity of the longest word in English depends upon the definition of what constitutes a word in the English language, as well as how length should be compared. In addition to words derived naturally from the language’s roots (without any known intentional invention), English allows new words to be formed by coinage and construction; […]

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Your Mother Tongue (MT)

Your Mother Tongue (or MT) is the language you learn and speak as a child. It is sometimes known as First Language (FL), Native Language (NL) or Arterial Language (AL). Note that it is NOT always the language spoken by your mother! It is usually the language learned in the home thus a bilingual‏‎ child […]

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What is Phonetics‏‎?

Phonetics is the branch of linguistics‏‎ which studies the sounds of speech and they way in which they are interpreted. Contrast this with phonology‏‎ which is the study of the sound system of a language. Phonetics looks at the way in which sounds are produced (the position of the tongue, the lips, etc) and the […]

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What is Morphology‏‎?

Simply put, Morphology is the study of the words in a language. It does go deeper, but generally speaking it studies and looks at language in terms of: spelling pronunciation definition part of speech etymology (and obsolete usages) non-standard or slang/taboo usage Importantly morphology looks at the way in which words are formed and their […]

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What is Linguistics?

Linguistics is the scientific and academic study of language. It tries to answer basic questions such as What is language? How is language represented in the mind? How does language work? The underlying goal of linguists is to discover the underlying rules of all languages; that is, the common elements which form a language. Of […]

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What is Lexicography‏‎?

Lexicography is basically all about compiling dictionaries. It’s about sitting in a stuffy, darkened, room carefully going over words: examining them, investigating them, analyzing them. It’s about asking what exactly words are and what they mean. Perhaps even why people use one word over another. And then writing it all down. But although it might […]

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What is Discourse Analysis‏‎?

Discourse Analysis – or DA – is all about examining and analyzing spoken or written language (and to a lesser extent, sign language). It’s about taking language, putting it under the microscope and looking at it closely to see how it works and then taking it out and looking at it again in the wider […]

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What is Collocation‏‎?

The more you use language, the more you realize that certain words tend to hang around together like best friends forever. For example, if you have a decent knowledge of English you can probably guess the missing words here: a foregone _____ _____ New Year! a _____ guess The fact of the matter is that […]

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What is a Morpheme‏‎?

As they say, a Morpheme is the smallest linguistic unit of language which has meaning. Putting it simply, if you take a word like unquestionable you can break it down into 3 morphemes: un = not question = ask able = able to be Each of the 3 morphemes has a meaning and if you […]

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