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Ten-dollar words

It sounds like an academic, it looks like an academic, it smells like an academic...what is it?

I love my ten-dollar words. Since I can remember I had a problem of register. Another ten-dollar word, right there. Register. Register is what linguists call the mix of syntax, vocabulary, and pronunciation - the mix you adapt depending on the purpose of what you're saying, to whom you're saying it, and where. You don't speak in . . .

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April 16, 2015

Narrative structures

Thinking along Nelson Goodman

Considering my disciplinary uncertainties, I've been thinking quite a bit about how to write my dissertation. The literal how to - what's it actually going to look like. The first thing to ask was: Should it be published as a series of articles or written as a monograph? For most of my (psychologist) friends, this is a non-question. . . .

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April 07, 2015

The troubles of a wanna-be historian

Trying to be a historian of science is harder than it seems

I wasn't trained as a historian of science. Being an anxious thinker that I am, this of course causes grief. I mean the intellectual kind. The good kind, usually. The paralyzing kind, as N. calls it, sometimes. Just to be clear, that's the one that leaves you incapable of working. Since I started my PhD, not being a historian and the . . .

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March 26, 2015


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