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Annunciation: A Novel by Ellen Gilchrist
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About meI am Professor Emerita of Linguistics at Providence College and am an internationally known scholar and writer in schizophrenia research, sociology of language, and modern English grammar. Since everything humans do is mediated by language, I am interested in too wide a variety of things to list. Although I am a scholar, I also appreciate --and love-- popular culture. Novels and movies are my favorite pastimes, along with cooking. And, of course, writing. Now that I'm retired, I can finally write books about the marvels of language and communication so that everyone can find out what we really do when we are just talking. There is nothing "just" about it. We talk in ways dictated by our culture. We talk when our culture says we can and we talk about what our culture says we may. But we also talk to project our personae. We also talk according to our gender. Do you think women talk more than men, for instance, or use fewer taboo words, or talk more properly than men? How do children learn to speak? How and why did language evolve? Why don't all humans speak the same language? Why are there different dialects and accents in English and other languages? I have a lot to write about, and I've also written several books. You don't have to be a scholar to read them, either. I write in a jargon-free narrative style and my book "Language the Social Mirror" now in its 4th edition, has been widely read by ordinary readers. I know because I hear from them. By the way, Amazon has erroneously labeled it as being about teaching methods. It is decidedly NOT about teaching, although much of it would serve as good background for teachers to understand why their students talk as they do.
About my libraryIn my library, I have a plethora of novels, a large history collection, especially about the Civil War and World Wars I and II, biographies of Civil War personages and many other people as well. Of course, I have books in linguistics, sociolinguistics, and psycholinguistics. I read very little Fantasy, but I loved Neil Gaiman's American Gods, and I don't read science fiction or books on mathematics. My collection includes books on the evolution, behavior, and cognition of dogs. I also have several books on human evolution and on the minds of neolithic peoples.
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Real nameElaine Chaika
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Member sinceFeb 12, 2009
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