life

Unusual pronunciations in pop songs

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It’s been a long while since I last updated my blog, but here I am! I remember last time it was still in winter, but now it’s already halfway through summer....

My blog is one year old!

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I started blogging last August. Now it’s August again and I can proudly announce that my blog is one year old 🥳! In the past year I wrote fifty-four blog pos...

First post of 2020

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It’s been quite a while since I last updated my blog, and we’re now already two months into 2020 and one month into the Year of the Rat (kung hei fat choy!)....

Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020!

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Today is Dec 31, the last day of 2019 as well as the last day of the past decade. Tomorrow we’ll be entering a new era, at least physically, and I hope many ...

My science communication experiences

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“So what is linguistics?” This is a question I have been asked many times, both by academics from other disciplines and by friends and relatives outside acad...

Why are apples so beloved (linguistically)?

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Many years ago, probably when I was in grade six or seven, I accidentally overheard the following snippet from a family conversation. The speaker was the wif...

My first post: Why blogging?

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I had mulled over the idea of opening a blog for a long time before finally taking action. The problem was that every time I had got very close to actually d...