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xenia carolina (personal blog)

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A Totally Unscientific Treatise on Why You Should Read

I was that kid with my face in a book at most family functions. Of course, I was often the youngest person present at said functions, so while the adults talked about things that were over my head, I was in the next room reading about Hogwarts or Narnia or cats (yes, it started pre-Internet). I wish it wasn’t considered rude to do that as an adult . . . Read more >>

Stance: Studies on the Family (blog)

Love at Home: A New Perspective on Valentine’s Day

Love at Home: A New Perspective on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a great time to teach your children that real, healthy relationships don’t require a box of chocolates. Grocery stores and shopping malls alike are great at enticing people to load up on chocolate, candy, and gifts for that special someone (or yourself) on Valentine’s Day—as a chocoholic, I should know. But what’s better than taping chocolates to paper hearts is teaching your kids what real love looks like—starting in the family. And real love is a lot healthier than all that candy. Read more >>

Schwa: Language and Linguistics (journal)

Schwa: Language and Linguistics, issue 13 (December 2015)Paper: The Syntactic Pair "Heaven and Earth" in Nineteenth-Century Literature

The Syntactic Pair Heaven and Earth in Nineteenth­-Century Literature

This is my senior capstone paper published in Brigham Young University’s Schwa, issue 13, in which I document nine different definitions of the syntactic pair heaven and earth as used in nineteenth-century literature.

The syntactic pair heaven and earth can be traced from its historical roots in early religious texts all the way to the modern day. The phrase heaven and earth is much more than the sum of its parts; however, most dictionaries do not adequately define the pair functioning as one lexical item. In fact, semantic pairs often do not merit their own dictionary entries. In this article, heaven and earth is defined as one constituent by using corpus data to analyze the pair in a nineteenth-century context, yielding nine definitions for heaven and earth.