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Winners!

After much deliberation, I have two winners for the Kindle 3G / You Are What You Speak giveaway contest. There were a lot of good suggestions that would have made great posts, though I felt unqualified or underqualified to tackle some of those topics myself. I might try to get to some of the non-winning topics if I have time.

So without further ado, here are the winners: second prize, a copy of Robert Lane Greene’s You Are What You Speak: Grammar Grouches, Language Laws, and the Politics of Identity, goes to Bob Scopatz for his topic suggestion of neuter pronouns. First prize goes to Erin Brenner for her suggestion (via Twitter), “How about a post on prescriptivism/descriptivism as a continuum rather than two sides? Why does it have to be either/or?” StackExchange allowed her to choose one of the new Kindle models, so Erin opted for a not-even-released-yet Kindle Fire. I’ll try to have a post on each topic within the next week or so.

Thanks for all those who submitted an idea, and special thanks again to Stack Exchange English Language and Usage for sponsoring. If you haven’t already, please go check out their site, as well as their new Linguistics site.

One Response to Winners!

  1. Bob Scopatz says:

    Jonathan,

    I just finished reading “You Are What You Speak.” This book is wonderful, amazing, and a treat I might never have encountered were it not for your contest. THANK YOU!

    I feel like I won the REAL first prize.

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