A Zine Piece Written in Hawaiian Pidgin
Pages 12-13. Written by a native Hawaiian in [Published on 03-01-2022]
John Kennedy Is America’s Folksiest Senator. Some People Who Know Him Say It’s An Act.
Touches on differences in the senators accent pre-running vs. post-running/ while democratic vs. republican. Goes into rebranding, 'quotability', being 'folksy' vs. 'educated', "dialing things up a notch for the cameras as most good politicians do"/public persona. Mentions his speech being flat and having faster cadence, then slowing down, 'giving him a distinct vocal style'. [Published on 10-15-2020]
Queen's English Society
The Queen's English Society, referenced in Harrington's study of Queen Victoria's language change over time, still exists. They are self-described prescriptivists who want to protect the "clarity and elegance" of the English language. [Published on 02-24-2022]
How to learn any language in six monthsPlay video
This video told us how to learn a new language in six months. There are five steps to learn a new language. You need to focus on language content that is relevant to you. Then you need to use new language as a tool to communicate with others on the first day. In addition, when you start to understand some message, you will unconsciously acquire the language. Furthermore, you should learn it in happy and relax the situation. In the end, he provides seven actions to help you learn the new language.
Overview of Haitian CreolePlay video
A overview of the history of Haitian Creole from LangFocus
How to learn any language in six monthsPlay video
This video tells viewers how to learn a new language in six months. There are five steps to learn a new language. You need to focus on language content that is relevant to you. Then you need to use new language as a tool to communicate with others on the first day. Furthermore, your language learning environment should be a happy and relaxing place. In the end, he provides seven actions to help you learn the new language.
Linguistic Discrimination in SchoolPlay video
Story about a lawsuit brought against a school after AAE speakers in a predominantly white school were put into special education classes and often ignored.
The Significance of Linguistic ProfilingPlay video
"What is Linguistic Profiling and why is it so prominent in our society? Dr. Baugh explores the field and explains dialects, accents, and our linguistic heritages."
New Yiddish Course on Duolingo
This article touches on the challenges of creating the Yiddish course on the popular language-learning app Duolingo, as well as its importance in exposing more people from the U.S. to Yiddish as a full language instead of a punchline or handful of loan-words. [Published on 04-05-2021]
Black American Sign Language (BASL) "slang"
This is Otis demonstrating some BASL terms. [Published on 12-04-2020]
Black American Sign Language Gains New Interest Thanks to TikTok App
This article (and corresponding video) underscore the recent resurgence of Black American Sign Language. One part that stood out to me was Hill's note on code switching, and the historical context that contributed to some Black deaf people's preference of only using BASL in private settings. [Published on 02-25-2021]
Labov: Six People I have learned from
The correct link to Labov's 2009 lecture, Six People I have learned from, for the ACLS. [Published on 10-01-2009]
Sicilian and Italian: What's the difference?
Lingua o dialetto? Although Sicily is politically Italian, the variety spoken there has clear differences from mainstream Italian. From what I can gather, the relationship between Sicilian and Italian seems similar to that of Catalan and Spanish (Castellano), with the difference that it has assimilated more toward mainstream Italian in recent years than Catalan has toward Spanish. [Published on 06-02-2010]
article on something similar to Contrastive Analysis
An article about problems faced by AAE-speaking students and a similar educational strategy to that discussed in the Rickford article; I do think the same concerns voiced about Contrastive Analysis in general, and definitely the older applications of it Rickford criticizes, apply to this form. [Published on 07-16-2014]
The distribution of the most popular wordsPlay video
Not really related to what we've been studying but there's an interesting pattern in how frequently common words appear seemingly similar amongst many languages. It's a Vsauce video though so.
South Africa's University of Pretoria dropped Afrikaans in favor of English as its official language
South Africa's University of Pretoria dropped Afrikaans in favor of English as its official language. A majority of the classes have been taught in Afrikaans, making it very difficult for students, specifically black students, who do not speak the language, to learn and succeed at the university. As a result, all classes will now be taught in English. The hope is that more students will feel welcomed and supported at one of the nations top Universities.
The Revival of Ancient Babylonian Language
This article discusses how Dr Martin Worthington, a fellow of St John’s College, has created the world’s first film in the ancient Babylonian language with his Babylonian-speaking students dramatising a folk tale from a clay tablet from 701BC. Since 2000, he has been teaching himself to speak Babylonian and is currently creating a campaign to revive it as a spoken language. Babylonian has "extremely regular structures" and is semitic like the languages that replaced it; Hebrew and Arabic.
The monolingual mindset: Felicity Meakins at TEDxSouthBankWomenPlay video
This is a Tedx talk about how linguistics can better inform teaching practices, using the relationship between multi-lingual indigenous children and monolingual English teachers in Australia as an example. While the solutions proposed are quite simple (such as providing teachers with resources about the at-home languages of these children), it just shows how under-informed these teachers can be about where these children are coming from. The talk also briefly addresses the issue of the monolingual argument "These people need to learn English."
Scholars defend ‘African American English,’ from Ebonics to slang to improper grammar
A review of Walt Wolfram's film "Talking Black in America," In which the author clearly articulates a position against the push of the film. [Published on 02-23-2018]
Sh*t People From Hawaii SayPlay video
Popular Youtuber and Hawaii local, Ryan Higa, exemplifies what Hawaiian Creole (known more commonly in Hawaii as 'pidgin') sounds like. Rosina Lippi-Green briefly discusses Hawaiian creole in her article, "Accent, standard language ideology, and discriminatory pretext in the courts," and Ryan demonstrates what locals sound like (albeit in a slightly dramatized manner) when speaking the language.
The Science behind Vocal FryPlay video
This video provides a more practical look at the idea of Vocal Fry, which has recently become such an analyzed concept across the globe. In the video, the youtube channel known as "BrainStuff" attempts to explain what Vocal Fry is and what happens when it is performed.
School of Rock First DayPlay video
This is a clip from the movie School of Rock when Jack Black who plays Newy Finn has his first day as a substitute teacher. The language that he uses and the way he communicates is very out of role than what a student would expect from a teacher. Teachers are expected to all be in one speech community and Jack Black shows that he is not part of that speech community that most teachers are in.
10 ASL Signs All Police Officers Should KnowPlay video
A deaf youtuber shares 10 signs that would be beneficial for police officers to know. Their knowledge of these signs would increase cooperation, breakdown linguistic barriers, and relieve anxiety for both the police officer and the person being detained.
Grief BaconPlay video
In this video, it depicts a German named Flula who teaches German colloquialisms. This illustrates the differences between cultures. The German culture has many words that cannot necessarily translate equivocally to English. The Germans combine words that are meaningless when translated directly to English. In this video, Flula talks about Kummerspeck, which directly translates to Grief Bacon, or the weight one gains during a period of grief.
This is a blog entirely devoted to ideophones, written by a linguist who has published several articles in the field. If anyone is interested in exploring ideophones, there are lots of cool posts and links to peer reviewed articles as well. (If anyone was inspired by the "Ideophones in Wolof" presentation, this could be a good site to check out!)
How to Sound Cooler in FrenchPlay video
This is a (humorous) tutorial for people who are learning French and want to sound more like a native speaker. It speaks to the French tendency to rely on sounds (like ouf, bof, etc) to convey subtle meaning in phrases.
Invisible Man - Thug Notes Summary and AnalysisPlay video
thug notes is a youtube series about a well read "thug" how wishes to share the gift of classic literature with his fellow gangster.
This is an article that talks about how “baby talk” is the best way for infants to acquire language skills. It discusses the argument that talking to infants like that may be condescending; however, studies have shown that it is an excellent way for them to learn their language. It also discusses how babies are ready to learn language in the last trimester when their ears are fully developed. They are already listening to their mother and the sounds around them. The use of repetition and slower speech is helpful with infants in learning language patterns. [Published on 12-06-2016]
Plan Now to Avoid Post - Brexit Languages Crisis
There is a focus right now on the education system of the UK, with areas most at risk being language performance. If a crisis was to emerge in language performance from the UK split areas of official practice; such as trade, could be jeopardized. There are plans as of right now to push and ensure the emphasis on particularly language skills to ensure the enhancement post Brexit. This plan includes residency and a national plan to better primary education to even the post graduate level. With the quality of education slipping in the UK as it is, and a nation wide crisis within the linguistics field, the Brexit could only worsen the matter with children potentially receiving a lacking education. The goal of these reforms and education plan is to ensure a quality education to students at all levels, and hopefully encourage the emergence of language skill teachers and even linguistics majors. [Published on 10-16-2016]
Redefining Race and Ethnicity in the USPlay video
This video discusses the problem with classification of race in America. People often attach Race to people wrongly when they should really be referring to ethnicity.
Speech community is a form of social linguistic. When two people speak the same language, it doesn’t mean the two are in the same speech community. Knowing local knowledge is a key factor of being in a specific speech community. Individuals are typically associated with many speech communities, such as family community, peer community and professional community. [Published on 09-25-2015]
Berenstain Bears Reconnect Sioux To Native Language
Berenstain Bears cartoons help teach and revive the Lakota language. [Published on 09-26-2006]
Variety of Spanish AccentsPlay video
Joanna Rants uses analogies to compare different Spanish accents.
Senate Debate over "Ebonics" in SchoolsPlay video
This is a fairly processed montage of the hype mentioned in Labov's article and analyzed in Lippi-Green, Rosina. (2012).
Professional Educator: Grades, Showing Up On Time Are A Form Of White Supremacy
This education consultant takes issue with values that are taught in schools as beneficial for success but which she says are selected to favor white people, including language-related expectations of students. She suggests some unusual methods to "move away from all these aspects of white privilege in education." [Published on 04-16-2016]
Gulf Between Words and Actions @ CU-Boulder
Very interesting article illustrate a situation where simply using the "right words" isn't enough. [Published on 03-10-2016]
The Daily PidginPlay video
Webcast discussing pidgin English, and the varieties therein.
Does language shape how we think? Linguistic relativity & linguistic determinismPlay video
This video explains and simplifies what linguistic relativity and linguistic determinism is.
Students Learn to "Toggle" Between Dialects
This article is about the role code-switching plays in the success of low income students. Students that engage in code-switching tend to achieve more academically than students that do not code-switch.
How to Speak INTERNETPlay video
A group of three British guys basically put together a video "guide" to understanding all of today's internet slang. From "YOLO," to ""FML," they cover a handful of different types of internet slang and explain what they all mean in the non internet world.
The Philippine Language?Play video
The Philippine language? This video is a very interesting and extremely helpful. Although there is no such thing as the Philippine language, linguistic experts call it a "invented language." The Philippine's is diverse country made up of many ethnicity's and linguistic groups.
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.
This video explains some of the main reasons why people engage in code switching. Code switching can be used in many different ways, but the primary function of this practice is to switch between two languages in a single conversation.
Luis Von Ahn- Massive Online ScalePlay video
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.
Why these UK school kids love learning languagesPlay video
This group of students talk about why they feel it is important to learn a different language.These students are amazing in the sense that they seem so grown up and ready to take on the world, and language is one very powerful tool to help them do just that!
What is Language?Play video
This video gives an extensive definition of what is language and how it affects each of us individually.
Does Not Speaking Spanish Make You Less Latino? Pero Like Ep.4Play video
This article discusses speech communities and how the language you speak does or does not define your culture. In this example, the video is discussing if not speaking Spanish makes you less Latino.
Teacher raps to relate to studentsPlay video
Teacher uses rap song to teach children. She uses rap and dance movements to relate to the children because she knew that the kids would catch on to what she was teaching if she used methods that would keep the kids wanting to learn.
Grandmas Attempt To Define Modern Slang Words [LABS] | Elite DailyPlay video
Grandmas try to decipher what modern slang words mean. Here you can see how age and culture can determine your language use. I think we can also see how slang plays into language and how misunderstood slang can be.
Rather Be ASL Cover Music VideoPlay video
A teacher, Brittany Adams, creates her own version of popular music videos using American Sign Language (ASL) as a way to connect with her students and make learning enjoyable and fun, as well as raise awareness in hopes that others will want to learn ASL as a way to communicate.
How Culture Effects Learning a languagePlay video
This shows how learning a language can be very difficult, but if you know some of the background of the culture and deep meaning of the culture, it can make learning it that much easier and enjoyable.
An Excerpt from Neil Gaiman's collection of short stories 'Trigger Warning' Gaiman uses the introduction, to discuss the book's title. He discusses how the phrase is commonly being used to warn people about content that "could upset them and trigger flashbacks or anxiety or terror," He wonders if the phrase could be applied to his own writing which can often be haunting or spooky. He also wonders whether these warnings are appropriate at all. [Published on 10-23-2014]
Tense Present: Democracy, English and the Wars Over Usage
David Foster Wallace reviews 'A Dictionary of Modern American Usage'. In so doing, Wallace explores how language rules are developed and on what authority they are created. Near the end he tells a story about trying to convince students to write in what he calls SWE "Standard Written English" or "Standard White English". [Published on 04-01-2001]
Garrard McClendon on Black English - EbonicsPlay video
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.
effects of english hegemony on education
blog post by john fotheringham discussing his view on english hegemony and education; the globally skewed view that if you don't speak english you're not well educated
Multilingualism on cognitive development
This article talks about how children who are bilingual gain an advantage at problem solving versus a child who is monolingual. [Published on 02-11-2016]
Montreal, a francophone, anglophone and multilingual city
Bilingualism/multilingualism of Montreal; Sociolinguistic Symposium;
Shakespeare: Original pronunciationPlay video
A demonstration and explanation about what Shakespeare would have sounded like with its original pronunciation (Early Modern English). [[Something else that I would like to point out is how its "unexpected" good reception with the modern audience could have to do with their preconceived notions and therefore encouraged them to actually try to understand what was being said (taking it back to our discussion on accents).]]
Study: At 'Rate My Professors,' A Foreign Accent Can Hurt A Teacher's Score
A study done on Rate My Professor shows that students rate teachers with accents lower than those without. [Published on 03-15-2015]
Using the Vernacular to Teach the Standard
Text from a 1998 talk by linguist John Rickford, which presents data on the failure of schools to teach SAE when they ignore AAL, and demonstrates how a knowledge of the grammar of AAL is important for teaching speakers of it. Factors in class. [Published on 03-25-1998]
DYSA African American English (or Ebonics) in the classroomPlay video
A clip from the documentary "Do You Speak American?" profiling the use of contrastive analysis exercises to teach children who speak both SAE and AAE in the LA Unified School District.
Gullah Story Teller Carolyn WhitePlay video
Storytelling from Gullah speaker Carolyn White, from 2009.
Wells on Estuary English
J.C. Wells' website compiling the (limited) scholarly writings on Estuary English.
NPR: A quick guide to Liberian English
A short piece on lexicon used in Liberian English, with some history on the variety from John Singler. [Published on 11-10-2014]
Which English you speak has nothing to do with how smart you are
A Slate guest post by linguist Anne H. Charity Hudley addressing issues of language discrimination in U.S. schools based on the use of nonstandard varieties and features. She argues in favor of embracing language diversity in the classroom. [Published on 10-14-2014]
Is Learning a Foreign Language Really Worth It?
This is a Freakonomics podcast on the economic worth of learning a foreign language, addressing the "return on investment" of language learning (or, will all of those hours you spent in Spanish class really help you financially in the future?). Of particular interest are sections from 0:58-4:00, which poses the question to be addressed in the podcast, and has a few nice examples of ideologies about language learning and bilingualism from (probably wealthy, upperclass) kids, and 13:10-18:23, which reveals the actual monetary value of language learning. It is important to note that this podcast is mainly from the perspective of a native English speaker learning a foreign language, although native speakers of other languages learning English are mentioned towards the end.
Squamish LanguagePlay video
A native speaker of Squamish discusses his language.
Why this bilingual education ban should have been repealed long ago
Sociolinguist Phillip M. Carter makes the case for repealing Proposition 227 in California, which essentially banned bilingual education in the state in 1998.
Do You Speak American: AAE in Ann Arbor, MIPlay video
A clip from the 2004 documentary Do you Speak American that covers the "Black English case," or "King case," in which the parents of African American English-speaking children won a case brought against Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary in Ann Arbor, MI in the late 1970s.
Teaching Tolerance: Sound Effects
A 2013 article in the Southern Poverty Law Center's "Teaching Tolerance" publication about addressing linguistic diversity in the classroom.
Story of English: Appalachian EnglishPlay video
Segment from the 1986 documentary "The Story of English" on Appalachian English.
Prescription and African American EnglishPlay video
A 2006 Fox News Chicago story about Garrard McClendon and his visits to classrooms with African American students where he highlights their grammatical "mistakes."