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Linguistics Girl

Linguistics Girl: The Linguistic Librarian is all about language. Learn about the phonology, morphology, and syntax of the English language as well as linguistic theories and more about language in general. The mission of Linguistics Girl is to provide information about all things linguistic to all readers interested in language. Linguistics Girl is written by Heather Johnson.

  • The History of All Hallows’ Eve: The Etymology of ‘Halloween’

    Halloween, Hallowe’en, All Hallows’ Eve — English speakers use many names for the holiday that occurs each year on October 31....

    Heather JohnsonOctober 28, 2018
  • Why Is ‘Love’ Not Spelled ‘Luv’?

    Have you ever thought about the English language and considered the orthographic system downright wacky? Many words have a “silent e”...

    Heather JohnsonAugust 30, 2018
  • No Doubt the “Silent B” Owes a Subtle Debt to History

    School children all over the English-speaking world bemoan the many “silent” letters of English spelling. The orthographic system of the English...

    Heather JohnsonAugust 28, 2018
  • Are You Wondering About the ‘R’ in February?

    English spelling appears inconsistent at first. From silent letters to doubled letters, the orthography of English seems downright wacky to native...

    Heather JohnsonAugust 27, 2018
  • The Functions of “Silent E” in Written English

    E is the most common vowel and letter in the English language. Many words end in e in written English. In...

    Heather JohnsonAugust 7, 2018
  • Types of English Adverbs: Manner, Time, Place, Frequency, Degree

    An adverb is a “word that describes a verb, adjective, other adverb, or clause.” An adverb phrase consists of an adverb...

    Heather JohnsonJuly 13, 2018
  • English Adverb Clauses

    Traditional grammars describe adverb clauses as dependent or subordinate clauses that consist of a subordinating conjunction followed by a clause and...

    Heather JohnsonJuly 11, 2018
  • English P-words

    P-words are prepositions and adverbs that no longer perform prepositional or adverbial functions including particles in phrasal verbs, quasi-modal verbs, and...

    Heather JohnsonJuly 10, 2018
  • Grammatical Form of English P-words

    P-words are prepositions and adverbs that no longer perform prepositional or adverbial functions. P-words are also function words, which are defined...

    Heather JohnsonJuly 9, 2018
  • Using Coordinating Conjunctions as Coordinators

    Notional grammars define conjunctions as words that “link together other words, phrases, and clauses.” Coordinating conjunctions are a type of conjunction...

    Heather JohnsonJuly 7, 2018
  • Grammatical Form of English Postpositions

    Belonging to a grammatical category consisting of a small closed word set, notional grammars define adpositions as “words that indicate a...

    Heather JohnsonJuly 4, 2018
  • Independent Clauses and Dependent Clauses in English Grammar

    Clauses are defined as grammatical structures that contain a subject and a predicate and that are the smallest grammatical unit that...

    Heather JohnsonJuly 3, 2018
  • English Adverbs

    Notional grammars define adverbs as “words that describe verbs, adjectives, other adverbs, and clauses.” An adverb phrase consists of an adverb...

    Heather JohnsonJune 30, 2018
  • Grammatical Aspect

    Grammatical aspect is the grammaticalized expression of the temporal structure of an action or state. Temporal structure roughly relates to duration....

    Heather JohnsonJune 20, 2018
  • The Appositive in English Grammar

    Appositives are words, phrases, and clauses that supports another word, phrase, or clause by describing or modifying the other word, phrase,...

    Heather JohnsonJune 14, 2018