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November 2009

Written By: vagabond_multilingual_journal on November 28, 2009 1 Comment
Exciting publication opportunity!

Multilingual Literature submission deadline: 12/15/09!

Written By: mustikka on November 28, 2009 2 Comments

A young friend of mine is seeking advice:

If a child attends a preschool at 3 and 4 years old where he is exposed to another language but not actively taught it and his native language is used as well, how much outside work will he need to be fluent in the foreign language by kindergarten? […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 25, 2009 3 Comments
Whose University? Our University!

Along with thousands of UC (University of California) students, staff, and faculty members, I participated in the recent massive system-wide three-day strikes organized to protest the proposed 32% hikes in tuition fees. Apart from a move to cancel classes, the strikes included a particularly inspiring production of Waiting for Lefty, protest […]

Written By: daveski on November 24, 2009 2 Comments

I’m cross-posting this announcement made to LinguistList a few days ago, thinking these questions and words might spark some thought and discussion in our own circles here too. Anyone who’d like to participate can cut-and-paste the questions and email their responses directly to the researcher (email address below)

Good luck, Nina!

Dear all,
My […]

Written By: Billette on November 23, 2009 2 Comments

I just had (yet again) a provocative and insightful discussion with a professor about some data I want to analyze. This data comes from an elementary school which has a Spanish “Enrichment” program. This program distinguishes itself from a “bilingual” or a “foreign language” program in that its administrators hope that students acquire an awareness […]

Written By: kernrg on November 22, 2009 3 Comments

How ironic that during International Education week, the news should arrive that the Berkeley Divisional Council voted to eliminate the Academic Senate Committee on International Education.  How ironic that Berkeley should now be the only UC campus other than Merced and San Francisco not to have a Committee on International […]

Written By: daveski on November 20, 2009 1 Comment
Whose university?

As I write this post there are hundreds of Berkeley students and community members surrounding barricades and police tape (“POLICE LINE – DO NOT CROSS”) around Wheeler Hall, the site of a student ‘occupation’ (see updates here too) after the UC Regents’ passage of a budget including an unprecedented […]

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 […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 18, 2009 4 Comments
At what price “free speech”?

Reading a provocative post entitled The Abortion Amendment by fellow FITizen Prof. Robin Lakoff on the newly started Berkeley Blog, I was reminded of an event that rattled me a few weeks ago on campus. Berkeley Students for Life (BSL) apparently invited the more→

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 16, 2009 1 Comment
The Tourist is God

On Friday, November 13, Crispin Thurlow gave a talk at the Berkeley Language Center entitled Language, Tourism, and Banal Globalization, in which he “examine[d] some of the ways that language is commonly taken up in tourism’s search for difference, exoticity, and authenticity.” Using a Critical Discourse Analysis framework, Thurlow discussed […]

Written By: daveski on November 10, 2009 No Comment

Dunja Nedic, an Australian exchange student at the University of Arizona, has written what must be the definitive Top 10 list of reasons why you should NOT, under any conditions, think about studying abroad. Among my favorites:

2. A disproportionate number of people will think your voice is sexy, regardless of whether this is […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 9, 2009 No Comment
Marathi: The Indian “national language”?

The newly constituted Maharashtra Assembly in India was the site of an eventful brawl when Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers prevented Samajwadi Party legislator Abu Azmi from taking his oath of office in Hindi: as soon as he began taking the oath, the workers snatched his mike and attempted to shred the […]

Written By: daveski on November 6, 2009 2 Comments

With last Monday’s BLC lecture by University of Oregon’s Carl Falsgraf, “Distance Teaching and Distance Learning”, and a few days at end of the week at the joint NEALLT/NERALLT conference at Yale on language learning and technology, I’ve had a lot of stimulation for thinking about distance and online language learning. […]

Written By: reinaveja on November 4, 2009 1 Comment

One reason I’ve decided to research language use and identity for my dissertation is because I find that my own identity is constantly in question, both by myself and by others. As an American living in the United States, my linguistic identity should be simple. I should only speak one language, English, and be indifferent […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 3, 2009 3 Comments
Dying Languages

John McWhorter’s recent essay, The Cosmopolitan Tongue: The Universality of English, received a lot of attention. He revisits and contextualizes the piece in Dying Languages Should Be Saved: But Will They Be Spoken? Interesting takes, what do you think?

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