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Written By: Jonathan Haddad on January 9, 2014 3 Comments

I’m really one for translanguaging. By whatever name — and Suresh Canagarajah today at the MLA Convention in Chicago certainly went through the various names — it is an intriguing subject study, and one that gives a lot of food for thought about how to bring translingual practices into the classroom.

Among all my literature colleagues, […]

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Written By: daveski on April 4, 2012 2 Comments

Thanks to Steven L on Facebook for bringing this to my attention: Matt Meyer at ReignDesign narrates his presentation “Love Hotels and Unicode” from a recent tech “unconference” in Shanghai. After reviewing some of the convergences that led to a single standard for representing many of the world’s scripts and […]

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Written By: daveski on March 23, 2011 No Comment
What are your hopes for AAAL?

This is the first year in a while I can remember that I’m not planning to go to AAAL, the conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics that will take place this coming weekend in Chicago. And in not going, I’m perhaps more acutely aware of what I might be missing than […]

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Written By: daveski on June 3, 2010 No Comment

Christine Kenneally’s NewScientist article (“Language lessons: You are what you speak“) following the work of Nicholas Evans of the Australian National University in Canberra and Stephen Levinson of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands points to an age-old (or at least decades-old) question: Do all […]

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Written By: daveski on March 21, 2010 No Comment
Three thoughts on AAAL 2010

Leaving a TESOL conference several years ago with Tom Scovel, one of my esteemed professors from the M.A. TESOL program at San Francisco State University, I remember his words of advice: write down three things you learned from this conference, and connect them with concrete steps that you intend to take in your […]

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Written By: daveski on February 4, 2010 No Comment

The 36th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society is going to be happening on the UCB campus this weekend, February 6-7. There are several different session formats planned, and invited speakers include John McCarthy, Peter Daniels, Lyle Campbell, and Richard Sproat. Check it out!

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Written By: daveski on January 25, 2010 1 Comment

Today @langology on Twitter posted a link from 2006 that still seems pertinent today, as the word “linguist” continues to be misused in popular discourse to mean “language cop”, “polyglot”, or worse. This article from boston.com News introduces the writing, work, and thought of Geoffrey Pullum and Mark Liberman, regular bloggers […]

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Written By: daveski on November 19, 2009 3 Comments

No doubt scholars and students far and wide are mourning the passing on November 13 of Dell Hymes, one of the most influential thinkers in folklore studies, linguistic anthropology, and other fields. The University of Virginia published this article yesterday on the news of his death; one of the undoubtedly many […]

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Written By: daveski on June 1, 2009 No Comment

My curiosity was piqued by news of a Computer-Mediated Communication corpus from Loyola that gives access to writing samples from a group of 21 people in blog, chat, discussion, email, essay, and interview genres. Not a monolithic sample size to be sure but this might raise some interesting questions…

It was also interesting to […]

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Written By: daveski on May 16, 2009 No Comment

Anyone who’s interested in language in society might want to take a look at the May 2009 issue of Text & Talk, with articles on Dell Hymes by Jan Blommaert, Nancy Hornberger, Susan Ervin-Tripp, Ron & Suzanne Scollon, Ben Rampton and others. I got the original link from LinguistList.

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Written By: daveski on April 2, 2009 1 Comment

Have you seen any new or old books out that are worth taking a look at? I’ve been keeping my eye on the LinguistList over the last several days and these look pretty interesting:

Language Teaching, edited by Michael Toolan. A collection of chapters in Roy Harris’ integrational linguistics tradition that says it debunks […]

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Written By: Youki on March 31, 2009 1 Comment

Let’s take a common term used in politics: “tax relief.” When George W. Bush took office, George Lakoff noticed that press releases started to use the term “tax relief.” He realized that the word relief invoked a frame — that of affliction. There has to be an afflicted party that is harmed, a reliever that […]

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Written By: daveski on March 11, 2009 2 Comments

Word is just in that a minor in Applied Language Studies is going to be a reality as of this fall!! This is a welcome victory in a long-fought battle, spearheaded by Professors Claire Kramsch (German, Education) and Rick Kern (French) in a time of shrinking budgets and ongoing struggles to define why in the […]

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Written By: Yoko Hasegawa on March 9, 2009 No Comment

Professor Sige-Yuki Kuroda, a great thinker and peerless linguist, left us on February 25, 2009.

I first communicated with Prof. Kuroda when I was a graduate student at UC Berkeley. I wanted to read one of his then-newly written papers, and I asked him if he would send it to me. He did so immediately. The […]

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Written By: daveski on March 7, 2009 No Comment

LinguistList announced today that there’s a new book coming out on translation that looks REALLY interesting:

Agents of Translation contains thirteen case studies by internationally recognized scholars in which translation has been used as a way of influencing the target culture and furthering literary, political and personal interests.

Maybe a partial answer to […]

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Written By: daveski on March 4, 2009 6 Comments

今日の言葉は「入口」です。英語にすると「entrance」になりますね。その意味はあまり複雑ではありませんが、日本語の学習者にしても観光客にしても、あと都会の道を行き交う一般人にしても大変重要な言葉だと思います。

Today’s word is “入口” (iri-guchi), which means “entrance”. I remember being struck the first time I was in Japan by the simplicity of the lines in these characters–the 2 smooth strokes of the “入” meaning “to go into” and ”口” literally meaning “mouth”, or “opening”.

最近、ランゲージログという、言語学にかかわって人気のあるブログで、ジェフリープラム教授の記事(ブログ?)を読みました。その見出し(タイトル?題名?)は、私のと一緒、”The Horrror of Ideograms“, つまり、「漢字の恐ろしさについて」です(訳が合っていますか。皆さん助けて下さい:)。プラム教授はもちろん、他の言語学者のように言語に興味プラス才能がたっぷりで、何カ国語ができるようですが、漢字がつかわれているアジアの言葉が一切もできないと、ブログで書いています。そして先週、香港の学会で発表することに当たって、「恐ろしい漢字の国」に入ることになるのがきっかけで、ランゲージログの読者にアドバイスを頼んでいます。

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Written By: daveski on February 26, 2009 3 Comments

Perusing the FIT calendar and checking my own schedule I notice a rarity in the language-at-Berkeley universe: two great-looking events going on at the same time:

1. BLC Spring 2009 Lecture Series — Alice Gaby, Professor, Department of Linguistics, UC Berkeley
Talk title: “When is West? Talking and Thinking about Time and Space”
When: Fri, February 27, […]

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Written By: daveski on February 12, 2009 No Comment

I’ve just added this lecture by University of Chicago linguistic anthropologist Michael Silverstein to the calendar*. It’s being sponsored by the Linguistic Anthropology Working Group, and anyone’s welcome to go — be sure, though, to RSVP!!

When: Fri, February 27, 4pm – 6pm
Where: 110 Wheeler

The title of the talk is: “The elementary forms […]

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Written By: daveski on February 11, 2009 No Comment

http://linguistlist.org/: A good mailing list and online resource for conference announcements, book announcements and discussion, job listings, language related questions of all sorts, and lots of other tools and resources. It apparently started as a mailing list out of the University of Western Australia and is now run out of Eastern Michigan University, […]

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Written By: Youki on January 16, 2009 1 Comment

btw slumdog is getting some heat from within India for forefronting the only aspect of Indian life that ever “entertains” others: slum life.

there are inherent problems with representation that i’d love to watch out for…

 

As I read the above line […]

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