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F*ck
Like the very word this documentary examines, F*ck can be found all over the place.
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Film Review  December 1, 2006, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Steve Anderson. Like the very word on which this documentary sheds light, F*ck is all over the place – sometimes a verb, sometimes a noun, adjective, or expletive, a word with fascinating ramifications in the realms of history, culture, politics, religion, and linguistics..."

Still Alice
In an otherwise tepid film, Julianne Moore delivers a terrific performance as a woman beset by early-onset Alzheimer's.
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Film Review  February 13, 2015, by Josh Kupecki
"...Moore plays Alice Howland, a renowned professor of linguistics at Columbia University. Her husband, John (Baldwin) is a research scientist, and their three grown children are living fulfilling lives, even youngest daughter Lydia (Stewart), who, eschewing her mom’s advice about college, is struggling to make it as an actor in L.A..."

Police, Adjective
This Romanian police procedural is a fascinating study of the meaning of language in everyday life.
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Film Review  February 26, 2010, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...This police procedural by the Romanian director of 12:08 East of Bucharest is a fascinating study of the meaning of language in everyday life – a particularly keen topic amid the social upheaval of post-Communist, post-Ceausescu Romania. Police, Adjective is a cop story, not a documentary on linguistics, though its exciting climax – I kid you not – consists of dictionary recitations of the meanings of several key words: “police,” “conscience,” “moral,” and so on..."

Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times
While it's inarguable that MIT Linguistics professor and reigning American intellectual Noam Chomsky is one of the intelligentsia's most eloquent and spellbinding pragmatists, you wouldn't know it from this dull...
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Film Review  January 10, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: John Junkerman. While it's inarguable that MIT Linguistics professor and reigning American intellectual Noam Chomsky is one of the intelligentsia's most eloquent and spellbinding pragmatists, you wouldn't know it from this dull and meandering documentary..."

In Custody
The longtime producer/co-conspirator of James Ivory's films (Howards End, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, Remains of the Day) takes the helm and directs this intriguing, philosophical look at India's dying language...
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Film Review  July 15, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...Bridge, Remains of the Day) takes the helm and directs this intriguing, philosophical look at India's dying language of Urdu. Puri is Deven, a linguistics professor and student of Urdu who is asked by a magazine editor to attempt an interview with the reclusive Nur (Kapoor), an obese, bespectacled poet of Urdu, considered by some to be a national treasure..."

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media
As the title suggests, this nearly three-hour long documentary focuses on the work of MIT linguistics professor Chomsky, a man who is not only one of the most brilliant intellectuals...
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Film Review  September 10, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick. As the title suggests, this nearly three-hour long documentary focuses on the work of MIT linguistics professor Chomsky, a man who is not only one of the most brilliant intellectuals of our time, but also a strident political activist, so much so that he has been more or less sidelined by the press and his colleagues for his (seemingly) radical viewpoints..."

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Columns  November 8, 2002
"...Has he worked in government, creating foreign policy, observing how our country interacts with others? No. Does he have doctorates in political science or diplomacy? No, he's a linguistics expert, which is the study of language -- words, words, words...."

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Columns  November 1, 2002
"...Has he worked in government, creating foreign policy, observing how our country interacts with others? No. Does he have doctorates in political science or diplomacy? No, he's a linguistics expert, which is the study of language -- words, words, words...."

Saving Darma
A UT linguist travels to northern India in a quest to preserve the local language of the Darma Valley
News Story  January 23, 2004, by Dan Oko
"...For most of last year, Christina Willis and I lived among the Darma in the remote town of Dharchula in northern India. Unlike Hindi, the dominant language of the area, the Darma language remains strictly oral, with no writing system, and in linguistics circles is considered endangered..."

Independence Day: Resurgence
ID:R is probably everything you were expecting and less
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Film Review  July 1, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...David Levinson, Judd Hirsch is back as his crotchety pop, and even the late Robert Loggia reappears. Charlotte Gainsbourg is on hand as well, as a linguistics expert and love interest for Goldblum..."

The Luv Doc: Quid Pro Quo
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take
Columns  June 9, 2016, by The Luv Doc
"...So, you would think that somewhere in some undiscovered cave exists a flawlessly painted topographical map of a cave woman's vagina. If it does exist, that painting must have been sealed up long ago by an earthquake, a volcano, or the Catholic church because 40,000 years later, most men still discover the location of the clitoris through a series of grunts, squeals, sighs, and moans that would make a Paleolithic cave woman sound like a linguistics professor..."

New in Nonfiction
Two new nonfiction books work their mouths around the English language
Books Review  November 21, 2008, by Tim Warden
"...This idea, represented by the word "sonicky," is introduced by a discussion of pig utterances. Ours go, "oink oink." In Russia, it's "chrjo chrjo." The point of this is to call out "scholars of linguistics" on their belief that the dissimilarity of pig noises across the globe reveals that "the relation between a word and its meaning is arbitrary." Blount disagrees and fires back with ammunition culled from the more discernible sections of the world's barnyards..."

Chocolate in Mesoamerica: A Cultural History of Cacao
Food Review  March 9, 2007, by Claudia Alarcón
"...Chocolate in Mesoamerica: A Cultural History of Cacao is an extensive collection of multidisciplinary essays that shed light on the latest discoveries regarding the cacao tree, its history of uses in ancient Mesoamerica, and the rituals of today's Mesoamerican cultures. Written by some of the world's most renowned experts in the fields of archaeology, history, anthropology, epigraphy, botany, and linguistics, with the majority of the work centered on Maya studies, this book contains a watershed of interesting and exciting information...."

The Unfolding of Language: An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention
Guy Deutscher, with his always slightly amused tone, manages to turn this ambitiously comprehensive, globe-trotting book into a great layman's read without sacrificing the integrity of the material
Books Review  July 8, 2005, by Nora Ankrum
"...The familiar "-ly," for instance, started out, surprisingly logically, as a noun meaning "body," which evolved into "manner," which then began to meld with so many words that it could no longer stand on its own. Unfolding is the kind of book that brings new order to the world, making connections leap out at you wherever you look, and it's exciting that Deutscher has made the fruits of linguistics so readily available for us schmoes who thought Shakespeare was just being creative when he wrote "wrinkled front" rather than "forehead" – "front" really just meant "forehead" back then, jeez..."

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Our readers talk back.
Columns  November 29, 2002
"...The first is titled "Chomsky Lacks Substance." It's nothing but a string of rhetorical questions (yes, he has been to the Middle East, including the occupied territories), irrelevancies, and vulgar ad hominem attacks ("[Chomsky is] Ann Coulter with leftist views and a dick."). The author irrelevantly notes that Chomsky is an expert in linguistics, ignoring the possibility (and actuality in this case) that one may be a linguist and an author on geopolitics..."

Count Her In
For 30 years, article by article, Denise Schmandt-Besserat has built an ironclad case to explain a mystery that foiled archeologists, anthropologists, and philosophers for hundreds of years.
Books Story  December 10, 1999, by Ada Calhoun
"..."Life is too short to worry about any of that," she says. She rests assured that today it is she, not her detractors, who appears as the authority on writing's origins in modern textbooks in linguistics, anthropology, archeology, and mathematics, and who has been listed in Who's Who in America every year since 1982..."

Trekkies
So you think the hype surrounding that other sci-fi franchise is all that, huh? Here's a quarter, kid. Go buy a reality gumdrop. This loving, give-'em-enough-rope documentary about the phenomenon...
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Film Review  May 21, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...Trekkies is a hilarious work, mining the psychology of the average and not-so-average Trek fan, and coming up with the answers to all your burning questions about the show and its devoted following. Here's a dentist who's redone his entire office in an out-of-control Trek motif (and here's the receptionist griping about having to wear “this silly costume”), here's a professor of linguistics who's taken the trouble to not only learn the Klingon language, but also teaches a course so that others can study it, and here's a Whitewater jury member who attended each and every day of her civic duty in her Star Trek: The Next Generation commander's uniform..."

Country Doctor
The Pickin' Singin' Professor, Rod Moag
Music Story  February 16, 1996, by Christopher Gray
"...But after hours, Moag sheds the mild-mannered guise of linguistics teacher and becomes a one-man jukebox. The languages he teaches are bluegrass, country, western swing, pop, rockabilly, and whatever else he can pull out of his mortarboard..."

Luv Doc: Not Metaphorically Speaking
You can say "Cleveland Steamer" and not be accused of profanity
Columns  November 29, 2018, by The Luv Doc


Solving a Mystery That Should Stay Unsolved in Doe
Other Worlds Austin screens amnesia thriller with a twist
DAILY Screens  October 16, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...AC: The real challenge as a writer seems to be finding a balance between who John is, and how likable he is, with what he finds out about himself. How far did you feel you could push his former life without risking making John dislikable? And how much did casting Timothy Davis - who can look both like a linguistics professor and his own shadowy past - change the part?..."

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