Archive for August 29, 2010

The Rules We Speak By

Posted in Vicente with tags , , on August 29, 2010 by Vicente Peláyez

In many contexts in life there are clear rules that govern speaking. In a classroom, you raise your hand if you have something to say. On the witness stand, you answer questions clearly and concisely. Behind a podium, you deliver a complete address with a beginning, middle, and end. Someone with no understanding of these rules would be unable to participate adequately in these aspects of social life; they would jam up the gears of the speech-production machines that are the school, the courtroom, and the auditorium.

But casual conversation is also a sort of machine, and by the time we reach adolescence we are so adept at the rules governing its operation that we don’t even realize we’re following rules. These rules are why we aren’t constantly talking over one another, for example, and why our conversations don’t just fall apart after a misunderstanding. Continue reading

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What’s the difference between a duck?

Posted in Clavdia on August 29, 2010 by Clavdia Chauchat

One has feathers.