“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”

Victor Hugo

Crosslinguistic Pedagogy and the Confessions of a Late-blooming Francophile

Confession: when I was a kid in rural Nova Scotia, I wasn’t a fan of learning French.  In fact, I hated it and dropped French class as soon as I had completed the minimum requirements.  I have come to regret this choice, and I don’t fully understand why I made it, though likely there wereContinue reading “Crosslinguistic Pedagogy and the Confessions of a Late-blooming Francophile”

The cot-caught merger: a dialectal difference and early literacy instruction

Language is always evolving, with new words (bingeable, superspreader), new expressions (I can’t even), and even shifting syntax (Have you any? vs Do you have any?) and grammar (the fading subjunctive: If I were…).  But the main topic of interest today is shifts in pronunciation.  The way we pronounce words changes slowly over time, oftenContinue reading “The cot-caught merger: a dialectal difference and early literacy instruction”


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