Fun Linguistics!

Parts of speech: Prepositional phrase patterns in He’s just not that into you

What is linguistics? Linguist Llama

Pragmatics: Deixis (point of reference) in The New Yorker:

Pragmatics: The Cooperative Principle in Seinfeld

Pragmatics/Syntax: “We who?” English does not distinguish between inclusive/exclusive first-person plural pronouns… (from Don’t Think Twice)

Syntax: Ambiguity in Wreck it Ralph

Semantics: “Homonym Game” 1 in 30 Rock

Semantics: “Homonym Game” 2 in  30 Rock

Historical linguistics: “Modern English” quotatives:

Morphology: “All the good words,” or the psychological reality of the content/function distinction in Friends

Morphology: The psychological reality of the content/function distinction in The Office

Phonology: Voiceless labial glides in Family Guy

Language: separate from thought in xkcd

Sociolinguistics: Singular ‘they’ in Motivated Grammar

Sociolinguistics: Dialect quiz (New York Times)

Sociolinguistics: Steve Harvey defends descriptive grammar

Writing systems: Spelling “a lot” in Hyperbole and a Half

Writing systems: Comma splices in The Oatmeal

Writing systems: Punctuation in The Big Bang Theory

Writing systems: Punctuation in 30 Rock