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Triggernometry Redux: The “Trigger Warning” as Speech Act

An addendum to my earlier post on “trigger warnings,” inspired by a very late night discussion on Facebook: ** The “trigger warning” can be viewed as a speech act. Considered as such, the act it performs is indirectly declarative; it … Continue reading

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The conjunction “whenever” as a modal marker to convey the future subjunctive in some varieties of American English.

Because I teach a language (Portuguese) and am endlessly fascinated by linguistic variety—whether differences between Brazilian and European Portuguese or British and American English—I tend to have an ear for certain spoken quirks (e.g. – regionalisms, etc.). I’m a native … Continue reading

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