The Linguist’s Notebook is about sharing information and ideas about linguistics, languages, and language learning in an effort to bolster individual language-learning ability, bring the fields of language study and linguistics closer together, and develop a better understanding of how knowledge of language and of the science behind it can make us more human.
This site is for language learners looking for information to help them along their journey; for students of linguistics seeking information or a new perspective; and for anyone who wants to come and discuss the ins and outs of a system that we use every day, often without much consideration, but which has a huge impact on our lives in ways we may not even recognize.
The topics discussed here are widely varied. From the Mandarin vowel system to the difference between ergative-absolutive and nominative-accusative languages; the features found in virtually every language on Earth to the characteristics found in just one language isolate; from the past to the present to the future of language. There’s something here for anyone and everyone who acknowledges the important role language plays and who wants to know more about this enigmatic entity that pervades our lives.
Our mission is to bring linguistics to everyone, in order to create change in the way language is thought about, used, and learned; in so doing, we hope to open up minds to the world in new and important ways.
My name is Tony, and I’m a student of linguistics at the University of Oxford. I’m originally from Denver, Colorado, USA, and I first started studying linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, during a summer session. I received my bachelor’s in linguistics from Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Language has fascinated me for a long time–when I was in middle school, a friend of mine and I tried to create our own. We may not have gotten very far, but I still look back on the endeavor fondly. More recently, my interests have been in theoretical linguistics and sociolinguistics, as well as broadening and deepening my abilities in world languages.
Outside of language, I like to spend time with my wife, be active, read, and cook.