Guest Author!

April 18, 2008 at 6:31 am (Uncategorized)

The admin of Crispy Quips has decided to contribute to Cosmic Essays! Hurrah!

A student at UC Davis with extensive knowledge about linguistics and cultures around the world, he here contributes two papers on Buddhism written in the course of his studies.

Of course, it is nearly midnight, I’ve had a long, long day and I’m going to go to bed before formatting them to post on Cosmic Essays, so I leave my readers in suspense once more! I will try to get to it tomorrow.



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I Feel I Should Explain Myself…

April 17, 2008 at 5:36 am (Uncategorized)

I haven’t posted anything on this blog for a long, long time. It’s not that I’m not writing anymore, but the classes I’m taking aren’t requiring as much in-depth research papers as were required in previous semesters. I do have small reports and other things, as well as compositions and skits in my French class that I may post later, so I’m not done with Cosmic Essays just yet! Stay tuned…

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In Plain English, Please

August 28, 2007 at 4:50 am (College Related, Lingusitics, Uncategorized)

In Plain English, Please:
A Guide to Language Change

English is taught as a concrete language with definite rules for spelling, pronunciation, and grammar. Deviations in the rules are punished in grade school with thick, dark, red lines to grab the attention of the student and say, “Wrong!” But what if it is the teachers that are wrong? What if the spelling that a child gives a word makes more sense than the standardized spelling? Who made the standard anyway? Why do we have rules, and why do they always seem to break themselves in English?

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