What is Language Rush?

rush (n.)

  1. A sudden, all-in blitzkrieg attack on a hopefully unsuspecting opponent.
    e.g. Zerg rush, Chariot Archer rush
  2. The high that one feels from suddenly flooding one's system with an abundance of something.
    e.g. sugar rush, adrenaline rush

Ever wondered where the name "Drumpf" came form?
Or why Siri can't understand your Singaporean accent?

Or perhaps you've always wanted someone to read Critical Introduction to Phonology and explain it to you in 500 words? No? Please?

Language Rush is about the love of language and the love of words. 

Hi! My name is Jelly, and I'm a graduate student at the University of Wayang! I'm the Language Rush mascot! 

(Nota bene: The University of Wayang is not a real university.)

Language Rush is a blog and video channel dedicated to linguistics and the science of language. It's about digging into the details of how language works, how sounds form words and how words form sentences and how sentences form ideas.

On a more personal level, Language Rush is about one person's quest to learn new languages: what I'm doing and why, what works for me and what doesn't work, what it really takes to become fluent in a foreign language, and how I really feel when trying and failing to pronounce the German cluster /ʃtʁ/.

Language Rush is written by an amateur, not a professional, so you're not going to find cutting-edge research here (for that, try Lingbuzz instead), but it's my hope that as an amateur, I can help to make linguistics accessible to laypeople.

Okay, if I'm honest, I'm just kind of hoping that my enthusiasm for language and linguistics will rub off on somebodyAnybody.

If you have any questions or suggestions for language-related blog posts or videos, fire me an email at hello@languagerush.com or tweet @languagerush.

Who runs Language Rush?

My name is Grace Teng. That's /teŋ/, not /tɛŋ/ or /te͡ɪŋ/. I was born and raised in Singapore, but went to college in New York City. New York University's Linguistics department is where I cut my linguistic teeth as a linguistics minor.

Why the puppet?

Because puppets are cute. Come for the puppet, stay for the linguistics.