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The Bloomington man, whose parents are Indiana University linguistics professors, tried picking the padlock with a paper clip to no avail.
There’s plenty of amusing political material in Annihilation, particularly a bit that compares his ascent to the presidency to Van Halen's garbled lead singer David Lee Roth taking over a university linguistics department.
Shortly after finishing a linguistics Ph.D. at Berkeley in 1980, Ken Whistler was frustrated by the inability of mainframe computers to print the specialized phonetic symbols that linguists use.
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Any analysis of language, including 8th-grade grammar, can be called linguistics. As recently as 200 years ago, ordinary grammar was about the only kind of linguistics there was. Today a linguist may be a person who learns foreign languages, but the term usually refers to people who devote themselves to analyzing the structure of language. Many linguists concentrate on the history of a language; others study the way children learn to speak; others analyze the sounds of a language—and still others just study English grammar, a subject so big that you could easily spend your entire life on it.
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