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February 2009

Written By: jfboy.shieh on February 16, 2009 1 Comment

API Education and Languages NOW! PRESENTS


An open forum to promote dialogue among UC Berkeley students, API community organizations, and UC Berkeley faculty and administration invested in building a robust API language curriculum at Berkeley.

KEYNOTE Talk on API Linguistic Diversity
By Scholar-Activist LING-CHI WANG, Professor Emeritus of Asian […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 15, 2009 4 Comments

Bitter culture wars played out over Valentine’s Day in India, as the New York Times reported.

Sri Ram Sena, the über-religious right-wing Indian political outfit, had announced their intentions to “disrupt Valentine’s Day celebration as it is against Indian culture.” The disruption, they said, would be targeted against schools and colleges, […]

Written By: smileyjessi on February 15, 2009 3 Comments

I grew up first with books, but gradually switching to TV and movies as my source of relaxation for the day. I enjoyed just watching SNL skits, and just settling nicely into the sofa chair. As I think about how I’ve changed in college, I really see how television effected my way of thinking, I […]

Written By: daveski on February 13, 2009 No Comment

Following up on last week’s UCCLLT colloquium (already a week ago!), it looks like there’s an issue of Sociolinguistic Studies out now on monolingualism: http://linguistlist.org/issues/20/20-456.html

Written By: Cindy Lee on February 13, 2009 3 Comments

Why yes, I do have an age. Is it a diverse age? HOW CAN ANY AGE BE DIVERSE!?

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 12, 2009 4 Comments
Love Story: Facebook Edition

Over the last months, I have been following a friend’s trials and tribulations in love, a narrative mediated through the terse dozen or so words of Facebook status updates (a popular micro-blogging feature on the site). I reproduce below the exact updates, with the date stamps.

Enyd: finally found someone who makes […]

Written By: daveski on February 12, 2009 5 Comments
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What does it mean to speak from multiple voices? Or is it even possible to do that? How do I find the voice that I speak from, or is that the wrong question? Do I speak in a different voice when I speak in a different language?

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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 […]

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, […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 9, 2009 2 Comments

I revisited Conservapedia today-the “conservative” Wikipedia-like site, to see how they had updated their entry for President Barack Obama (how sweet the sound!) since his election. I had visited the site earlier during the campaign season, when linked to by a liberal blog, for laughs. In going back, I was struck by the […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 9, 2009 2 Comments

On the occasion of India’s Republic Day (January 26), two weeks ago, I engaged my mother in a conversation about her memories of growing up in pre-independence war-time Kolkata (Calcutta), in West Bengal, India. Out of the many stories, my mother’s vivid recounting of the “madman” of Bagh Bazaar stands out for me.

My […]

Written By: Youki on February 8, 2009 1 Comment

quick video that teaches a pretty easy way to convert to/from binary and base 10:


and my joke of the day month:

There are only 10 types of people in the world: Those who understand binary, and those who don’t.

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Written By: daveski on February 8, 2009 2 Comments

A point of consensus that emerged from Friday’s first session of the UCCLLT colloquium “World Language Proficiency in a California Context” was the need for greater public and political will to support foreign and native and heritage language education in California. The main question of the day seemed to be how to cultivate […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 7, 2009 1 Comment

Online text production is fascinating to observe.

This absolutely brilliant webpage creates a meaningful “text” through the interaction between the URL and the letters on the webpage. A happy reminder for many folks out there.

Click here for the webpage. [Read the URL first.]

Hat tip: Daily Kos, via Balloon Juice. […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 6, 2009 1 Comment

Come watch a special screening of the acclaimed film ‘Ramchand Pakistani‘! The film is derived from a true story concerning the accidental crossing of the Pakistan-Indian border during a period (June 2002) of extreme, war-like tension between the two countries by two members of a Pakistani Hindu family belonging to the ‘untouchable’ (Dalit) caste, and […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 6, 2009 2 Comments

I just came away from the most prolonged and intense filmic experience of my life at the Pacific Film Archive.

As a part of the African Film Festival, they first screened a short, Coffee Colored Children (Ngozi Onwurah, U.K., 1988). The film traces two siblings who navigate lives as mixed children of a […]

Written By: daveski on February 4, 2009 3 Comments

So in Claire Kramsch’s Language and Power class we just got done reading an essay from John Austin, the British philosopher who gained much fame in the 1960s for speech act theory. And while there must be much to say about that even today (though somehow it seems so obvious once you think about it […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 4, 2009 5 Comments

After being gently prodded to do a “post” on this, rather than simply offer an “aside,” I thought I’d write up “25 Language-Related Random Things” about me, inspired by the Facebook phenomenon taking the Internet by storm.

1. Sometimes when I am writing quickly in Bengali, I use Hindi letters.
2. When I was […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 3, 2009 2 Comments

Yes, I finally caved.

Facebook has been exploding with the “25 random things” phenomenon

It’s akin to a chain letter, carrying this instructional heading at the top of each note:

Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose […]

Written By: markkaiser on February 3, 2009 1 Comment

A new site for accessing three clips drawn from our Library of film clips is now available for UCB students. Go to http://flfc.berkeley.edu, logon using your CalNet ID, and choose your language (currently we have clips in Spanish, Russian, Japanese, German, and French, with more coming this summer). Enjoy!

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