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Written By: aaminahm on January 30, 2010 No Comment

I had my children watch the Rosa Park’s story. I asked my daughter “What did Rosa Park’s say?” She said “Rosa Parks said that her grandfather taught her that all people were equal. And as long as you had dignity, no matter what race you were no one could take that away from you.”

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Written By: daveski on January 26, 2010 No Comment

We’ve just added some language events to the Languages@Berkeley calendar (see the “Calendar” link at the top of the FIT page for a full calendar view, or scroll down and look in the right-hand column for the line-by-line summary).

Here are a few coming up:

Lecture by Vincent Gillespie: Meat, Metaphor, and Mysticism: […]

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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 January 23, 2010 6 Comments

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Written By: daveski on January 21, 2010 2 Comments

The Berkeley Language Center’s Spring 2010 lecture series–featuring Professors Andrew Cohen (U of Minnesota), Jerrold Cooper, (Johns Hopkins U), Lera Boroditsky (Stanford), and the BLC Fellows Anna Maria Bellezza, Usree Bhattacharya, Minsook Kim, and Jason Vivrette–has been added to the Languages@Berkeley calendar. Check back with the BLC for more details, and […]

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Written By: sharonmerritt on January 17, 2010 1 Comment

As I’ve watched CNN coverage of the earthquake in Haiti, I’ve seen several public service announcements for an organization I’d never heard of before: National Language Service Corps.  My interest was piqued by the ad that focused on the varieties of language in the US and how those languages might be used to serve […]

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Written By: daveski on January 17, 2010 No Comment

This New York Times article by Anand Giriharadas, “Language as a Blunt Tool of the Digital Age“, makes some interesting associations between the use of digital communication tools like text messaging, Twitter, and blogs, on one hand, and a global business environment in which a ‘simplified’ version of English is in ascendance, on […]

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Written By: daveski on January 14, 2010 2 Comments

Several days ago I posted an aside mentioning the UC Consortium for Language Learning and Teaching’s upcoming conference (April 23-25 at UCSD); the deadline’s been extended to Feb. 5 (first extended to Feb. 1), for anyone (like me) who’s been dragging their feet to get the application in.

Hope to see you there!

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Written By: daveski on January 12, 2010 2 Comments

I’m super glad to be in touch with Juliette Wade recently through discussions at Claire’s and the very cool discussion going on in the recent post on the Na’vi language in Avatar. We’re adding her blog TalkToYoUniverse to the blogroll here–probably something we should have done quite a while ago!–as it […]

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Written By: daveski on January 9, 2010 No Comment

Recently I’ve started following @morsmal‘s tweets on Twitter, and was interested to see this document, a compilation of 50 projects, places, and contexts where languages are being learned and taught to great value. It builds off findings of the LINGO study in Europe–if you’re looking for inspiration, check it […]

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Written By: daveski on January 6, 2010 No Comment

The UC Consortium for Language Learning and Teaching will be having its 5th conference from April 23-25 2010 at UC San Diego, for the first time in partnership with the east coast’s Language Consortium. From the flyer:

We invite submissions for presentations from scholars in all disciplines who are involved […]

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Written By: mustikka on January 6, 2010 2 Comments

Happy New Year to all!

Forget about ‘tweeting’, ‘friending’ and ‘teachable moments’ in 2010. They’re all on the most recent annual list of banished words. Take a look at what else has fallen out of favor. The 35th annual word banishment list is the brainchild of Lake Superior University. Remember ‘detente’ and ‘at this point […]

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Written By: daveski on January 5, 2010 14 Comments
On aliens, difference, and the language of Avatar

Among other topics, the hit movie Avatar has been getting a lot of attention for the constructed language of the inhabitants of its far-away forested land of Pandora. Called Na’vi (also the name of its speakers), the language is an example of what’s known as “cinematic xenolinguistics” – a language constructed […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 1, 2010 1 Comment
A Delhiite at the Delhi Airport

I spent a couple of hours at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport today, where I’d gone to pick up someone special. Unfortunately, due to a malicious, evil blanket of fog and zero visibility, the flight was diverted to Mumbai, and it won’t arrive for several hours. I remember almost exactly a year ago, when […]

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