Debate No. 2 – the battle

Even if neither Trump nor Clinton would make a good president, they certainly make good, or at least captivating television. This post is a little bit late, and perhaps many of you don’t want to think about this anymore, but here I am again, rambling to you about the debate from a linguistic point of view. Whereas the first debate wasn’t exactly rational discussion, this second one probably can’t even be described as discussions. It was Battle Royal – they wanted two people in, one person out. Continue reading


This is roughly the same article as the previous one, in Chinese. 🙂


克林顿和川普的首场辩论创了观众人数纪录,据说当晚(九月26日)有将近一亿观众在电视上和网络上看了直播。 我周二早上一起来脸书上就被各种关于辩论的评论给刷了屏。作为一个研究语言吃饭的人, 我想也来凑凑热闹。 Continue reading

Trump Clinton First Debate – disfluency and smile


The Monday nclinton-smile-whew-okight presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was apparently the most watched debate in American history. When I woke up today, my facebook was “刷屏” (screen-painted) by everyone’s opinion on this, so I sat down, opened youtube and started watching. OK I didn’t just watch.  I thought, why don’t I check out their disfluency patterns, and whether there were any smiles and laughter in this presumably hostile interaction? This took me a whole day. Someone in the cafe saw me watching the video and said, “isn’t watching the debate so much better than working?”. I thought, “this is working!” Continue reading