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Written By: daveski on March 1, 2012 No Comment

My mind is awash with thoughts from last week’s linguistic landscape workshop in Ethiopia’s capital city—thoughts from the last two days of informal visits to the campus of Addis Ababa University, from a group excursion 300km through the countryside to the Debre Libanos Monastery and the Blue Nile Gorge, […]

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Written By: ckramsch on August 6, 2009 No Comment

Back in Paris again, I had the opportunity recently to meet with French teachers and researchers of English, German and French as a foreign language. They couldn’t wait to leave on vacation and were venting their frustrations that the “bac” or high school graduating examination lets 80-85% of students through these days and thus lowers […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on May 4, 2009 No Comment

From the Lion King, one line from the Hula Song in 17 languages: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Mex. Spanish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, and Swedish. A video tailor-made for FIT!

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 30, 2009 2 Comments

So instead of writing a post inspired by a rereading of Bourdieu’s concept of habitus, I thought I would have a little more fun with my iMovie, and “vlog” instead of blogging. Here’s a short reflection on habitus through the scripts I have inhabited….and which have inhabited me.

Music: Jacques Dutronc, “Les cactus”

Habitus from […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 21, 2009 1 Comment

In reading On Phenomenology and Social Relations, I was struck by some glorious lines Alfred Schutz (1970) penned on language. You find these lines in the chapter entitled Social Means of Orientation and Interpretation, which begins by situating language in the context of culture:

“In order to command a language freely as a scheme […]

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Written By: daveski on April 20, 2009 2 Comments

I got this email from Wolfgang E. Adolph in the Department of Mod. Lang. & Linguistics at Florida State University via the Language Learning and Technology International Information Forum listserv; considering the UC system’s ongoing budget woes and threats to our languages at Cal I thought it’d be good to cross-post in its […]

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Written By: daveski on April 15, 2009 3 Comments

I’ve just come down to San Diego for my first-ever AERA (American Educational Research Association) conference, and there’s much to write about. Actually, with probably around 10,000 people spread across 4 giant convention centers and hotels, there’s way too much going on to capture anything more than a tiny fragment. But one thing […]

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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 […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 21, 2009 No Comment

The Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache (the German Language Society) has recently unveiled the Wort des Jahres (Word of the Year):

Finanzkrise (Financial Crisis).

And the Unwort des Jahres (Unword of the Year) award (one that is “misleading, goes against fact,” according to my German friend) goes to:

notleidende Banken (Needy Banks)

The […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 11, 2009 1 Comment

Youki and I found this great multilingual rendition of “Happy Birthday” on Youtube that we wanted to share with our fellow FITizens:

Sublime, huh? We wish everyone born today-a day picked oh so randomly-a very happy birthday.

Oh, and Fitzy, unwilling to be left out, offered this.

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 17, 2008 5 Comments

An article in the Telegraph, UK, covers what it calls a “growing backlash” in Germany against the popular trend of appropriating English words into German discourse, or what is called “Denglisch.” An increasingly globalized world, the spread of English-based technology, and a high rate of immigration into the country (there are some 10 […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 11, 2008 2 Comments
Lost in Translation

The Independent, UK, has an article about how the highly reputed German scientific journal, Max Planck Forschung, unwittingly used a cover image with Chinese text from a Macau brothel to highlight its China issue. In place of what the editors imagined was ancient Chinese poetry, they ended up with some clearly racy text. […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 14, 2008 No Comment
The L-Word

What’s your favorite word in another language? Why?” asks a prompt on this site. English being an “another language” for me, here’s my favorite word: “Love.” My linguistic history with the word has been a long one, probably going back two and a half decades, though I did not ever utter it to another person […]

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