Luke Sawczak

Luke Sawczak
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Luke was editor-in-chief for two years and used to copy-edit The Medium ever since he politely asked if he could. His proudest writing for the paper was Luke's Languages. His alter ego is a linguistics alum and comp sci TA who likes going for contemplative walks with his friends and gardening on the phone.

Luke’s Languages #3

So, last week I promised you we’d try some do-it-yourself experiments with phonetics (the sounds of language). And I have good news: We will!

Luke’s Languages; Part 2

What’s a dialect? “Talking with an accent.” What’s an accent? “When people talk funny.” What’s talking funny? “When they don’t sound, you know, normal!” So what’s normal? Actually, not so easy to answer.

Luke’s Languages

“Prescriptive and descriptive? Sounds like you’re trying to teach me something!”(Well, just briefly, okay? Go make some popcorn if it’s that bad.)Basically, whenever people...

Language is everything

As a linguistics student, a new member of LSAS, an editor, and a wannabe writer, I’ve come to appreciate just how pervasive, how everywhere...

The prodigal reader

Don’t get me wrong. I used to read a lot. I remember my gramma teaching me to read when I was four, and when...

Green Closet Door

The way the corduroy curtain hangs it leaves a sliver of the window uncovered. A thin gold laser scans up the blanket toward my...

Re: Mr. Boutillier’s letter

Dear Editor,Re: Mr. Boutilier’s letterI’m glad you sent in your letter, which makes important points about the ban. As an average reader, though, I...

Speak Dancing to My Feet

At the risk one always takes in this of turning obsolete, I’m speaking of the thing which time alone could not complete: turn forth the brass...

I’ve written in before to praise…

Dear Editor,I’ve written in before to praise The Medium, and my opinion hasn’t changed. Unfortunately, neither has that of the general student population, who...

How did that get there? part 2

Oh, it’s you! Hello again! So you’ve come back for more fascinating Histories of Everyday Items? That’s great, because I just happen to have...

I am a faithful reader of The Medium…

Dear Editor,I am a faithful reader of The Medium, and some (but not all) of my friends are, too. I don’t mean everyone should...

How did that get there? part 1

Oh, hello there! This is my first try at writing for The Medium. For this article (which will be printed in several installments), I...
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