Linguine Franca

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Dan Jurafsky is not the kind of linguist I encountered as a classics graduate student fifty years ago. He will not bend your ear about the connection between the sigmatic aorists of Old Irish and Attic Greek. He isn’t an evangelist for Noam Chomsky’s algorithmic theory of grammar either. Jurafsky is a behavioural linguist, gifted […]

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What’s Cooking?

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Thirty-five years ago, Sandra M Gilbert and Susan Gubar coauthored a book with the wonderful title The Madwoman in the Attic. Their argument, briefly, was that Victorian fiction allowed for two kinds of women, either angels or monsters. Teeming with fresh ideas, The Madwoman in the Attic was one of those books that becomes a […]

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