Grammaticalization

Why Germans Can Say Things No One Else Can

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This video talks about language and it's ability to allow for thought, emotion, and the expression of feelings. It talks specifically about the German language and how they have a wide variety of words they can use to better describe a situation or feeling other languages might not be able to do as effectively. It explains many examples of this, along with the appropriate meaning in English. Having a different set of words to think with and use allows for a wide variety of unique knowledge one can obtain. This video just scratches the surface of the importance of language, and how language in our lives can change the way we think and interpret the world around us.

Phineas and Ferb: Ferb Latin

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In this episode of Phineas and Ferb, Ferb comes up with a new language to "accommodate new customs". He takes the first letter of the word, places it at the end, and then adds -erb. The characters even go on to replace normal dialects, such as saying "Bless you", by replacing them with an action. The action for "Bless you" being you play a flugelhorn and give them your left shoe. They describe it as a 'phoenetic caboose'.

Posted by Maria Ortiz Santiago on March 7, 2017

Tags:
Standard Language Ideology;
Acquisition;
Grammaticalization

Be Free- J. Cole

The artist J. Cole uses his lyrics to express the danger of blacks and the hardships they face. He shares the pain and sorrow they go through his words.

Posted by Kayla Springs on February 28, 2017

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Performativity;
Power;
Grammaticalization;
Youth;
Race,Ethnicity

Stunning animated game helps teach endangered Aboriginal language

In recent times there has been a resurgence for Australians to get in touch with their families native languages, possibly noticing that once their family members die off, there is no one left to speak it. With this game being released, it's hopes are to draw enough attention to Merra, by interactively engaging players with words, and icons to keep the language alive. There are only a handful of people in the world that speak Merra, and the creator related with his own native Indigenous language being almost lost within his family as well. Hopefully this game takes off and is successful enough to spur other similar games that bring attention to Indigenous Australian languages globally. [Published on 10-06-2016]

An English Language Cop

This is a clip from Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm. Larry David corrects Richard Lewis' speech. Richard says, "in their private homes," and Larry corrects him with , "the privacy of their homes?" Larry David's correction displays language ideology because there was no misunderstanding, he was just being, as Richard Lewis points out, "an English language cop." Then, Larry notes that Richard utters the word "collapse" in the same way he does. It makes sense that these two would speak with the same dialect or accent since they are lifelong friends and both from New York City. When this is brought to Richard's attention, he denies sharing this with Larry and pronounces "collapse" according to Standard American English. [Published on 01-05-2015]

Pidgin English from Nigeria

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A video of two Nigerian Men who explain and give example of language divergence and Pidgin English.

Jon Stewart - Thank Donald Trump

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Jon Stewart mocks the 'inspiration' of new Latino voters for Donald Trump's run for presidency.

Code switching

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In this video Key and Peele explain why they use code switching in their daily lives and in their comedy, i think this applies well with what we're learning but if you watch some of their other videos and look for the code switching it makes it a little more interesting and funny at the same time. you can actually see how code switching is integrated into other people's lives more deeply than others, or even compare it to your own life for example. you can also apply this to what we learned in the other chapter just a couple days ago, the one that detailed the bay city high school teens interaction with someone of the opposite color and how they changed their tone of pitch and the way they talked while explaining the situation to another person.

Modern Educayshun

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This short video written and directed by Neel Kolhatkar is very satirical, but also very effective in proving his point. This video suggests that the political correctness and hypersensitivity of today’s society actually might have some harmful effects. This video shows how the dangers of this type of language may occur in a very exaggerated way.

Posted by Matt McLaughlin on March 11, 2016

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Grammaticalization;
Language Shift;
Education;
Linguistic Relativity

'Thug Life' and the Effect of Hip-Hop on Language

This audio talks about how hip hop influence today's language. The word "Thug" is discussed and explained how the words meaning has changed over time.

Posted by Brittany Weinlood on March 9, 2016

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Grammaticalization;
Hip Hop Nation;
Slang

Hooked on Ebonics

The article dives into several important concepts as they relate to the understanding of Ebonics. The author explains that there are rules and variety within Ebonics that demonstrate its value as a variety of English. The author also addresses that Ebonics is not just "a black thing" and that many whites, Hispanics and Asian Americans all engage in AAVE.

Luis Von Ahn- Massive Online Scale

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This video explains how one company plans to make learning a second language free. By setting a goal of translating the web into every major language for free, these researchers created the website Duolingo. Students are presented with sentences that vary in difficulty depending on their level of understanding. This program has found that students translating material are as proficient as paid translators. This could be a glance into the future of affordable bilingual education.

What does English sound like to a foreigner

This article describes and provides a video about what non Americans, or british people hear when they hear english being spoken. Complete gibberish. And when an Italian artist records a song completely in English but doesn't know how to use our grammatical syntax and structure, it still sounds like nonsense. [Published on 05-06-2013]

Posted by Ainise Havili on March 7, 2016

Tags:
American English;
Grammaticalization;
Accent

Be Free

Rapper J. Cole uses his words to express the danger of African Americans and the struggle that they go through. He uses his words as symbols and powerful words to paint the picture of the pain.

How American accents are changing

A detailed map of how American accents are changing.

When Dirty words first appeared in English

A chart of when slang terms for genitalia and sex first appeared in English. [Published on 12-19-2014]

Posted by Brian Pener on March 5, 2016

Tags:
Grammaticalization;
Slang

Internet Language

This article goes over the beginning unique language on the Internet. It also goes over grammar that is unique the Internet. [Published on 01-22-2015]

Posted by Brian Pener on March 5, 2016

Tags:
Grammaticalization;
Language Shift;
Internet Language;
Slang

"The Day Beyonce Turned Black"

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Within this SNL skit, there are many different forms of language used. For this skit, it is explaining how caucasian people tend to look at the world in a over dramatic way. Throughout the skit, there are race, gender, & sexualities between white and blacks. This skit has a comical view on different political problems that we have in this country today, and what the children of our culture are growing up in.

Garrard McClendon on Black English - Ebonics

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Garrad McClendon addresses the dangers of the African American language. Although he believes the African American language is beautiful, he feels strongly that the African Americans in the US need to learn how to code-switch. They need to learn when it is appropriate to talk in slang and when it is necessary to code-switch to "proper" English. Garrad also addresses the issues that teachers need to become more aggressive in correcting children's language at a young age and not be afraid of doing so. The children's future is dependent on being taught proper English and being correct when they don't use it.

The Linguistics of AAVE

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This video discusses the history of AAVE, "African American Vernacular English. It address the origin, the pronunciations, and how it is used. The video gives great examples of AAVE and the translation of what it means in "proper" English.

Posted by Meaghan Kuhlmann on February 21, 2016

Tags:
African American English;
Style-shifting;
Grammaticalization;
Race,Ethnicity;
Slang

How using 'they' as a singular pronoun can change the world

This is an article that discusses the importance of using singular 'they' and addresses issues related to its "correctness". [Published on 02-03-2015]

Posted by Gregor McGee on February 20, 2015

Tags:
English;
Change;
Grammaticalization;
Gender;
gender non-conforming