Monday, April 12, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Due by the beginning of class on Wednesday, April 14th
32. Post two separate e-mails in which you report on a violation of two of Grice's maxims of conversation. You may commit the violation yourself or you may observe someone else committing it. Describe the context of the occurrence (setting, characters), the occurrence itself (with quotes--to the extent that this is possible), and your feelings/thoughts about it.
Due by the beginning of class on Monday, April 12th
30. Answer questions 1-10 about chapter eleven in the textbook (pp. 341-342)
Due by the beginning of class on Wednesday, April 7th.
** Term paper.
Monday, April 5th.
28. Answer questions 23-31 about chapter eight in the textbook (p. 261).
Wednesday, March 31st.
27. Answer questions 14-22 about chapter eight in the textbook (pp. 260-261).
Monday, March 29th
26. Answer questions 1-13 about chapter eight in the textbook (pp. 259-260)
Friday, March 26th
25. Write two versions of a 250-word story or dramatic dialogue in which the narrator or one of the characters expresses anger or desire. Each version should be written in a way that communicates something different about the speaker/writer's social identity (age, education, degree of formality, gender, etc.) and/or feeling about the events described in the narration. In class, I mistakenly said that this assignment was due on Monday the 22nd.
Wednesday, March 24th
24. Answer questions 33-44 about chapter six in the textbook (pp. 187-188)
Monday, March 22nd
22. Answer questions 1-10 at the end of chapter six in the textbook (page 186).
Monday, March 8th: Vote for Best Dramatic Monologue or Scene
**Let me know which of the term paper options you will choose.
Due by the beginning of class on Monday, February 15th.
16. Leave a comment on the Another take on Sapir-Whorf post.
15. 3rd contribution to either the Glossary of Regionalisms or the "Thanks, AAVE!" Glossary on this blog (leave a comment).
Due by the beginning of class on Monday, February 8th
14. Complete exercises 2, 3, and 4 on page 38 of A Concise Introduction to Linguistics.
13. 2nd contribution to either the Glossary of Regionalisms or the "Thanks, AAVE!" Glossary on this blog (leave a comment).
Due by the beginning of class on Wednesday, February 3rd
Due by the beginning of class on Monday, February 1st.
11. Read excerpt on "Sapir-Whorf Theory" from The Language Instinct. Come to class on Monday ready to discuss it.
10. Contribute to "Thanks, AAVE!" Glossary on this blog (leave a comment).
9. Contribute to Glossary of Regionalisms on this blog (leave a comment).
8. Take the linguistic profiling quiz (link on this blog).
Due by the beginning of class on Wednesday, January 27th.
7. Read the rest of Chapter 7 in A Concise Introduction to Linguistics and answer questions 26-55 at the end of the chapter.
Due by the beginning of class on Monday, January 25th.
6. Read the beginning of Chapter 7 in A Concise Introduction to Linguistics (189-201) and answer questions 1-25 at the end of the chapter.
Due before class on Wednesday, January 20th
5. Take the online quizzes "Are you a Yankee or are you a Rebel?" and the "Advanced Rebel-Yankee" Test." Listen to a 4-minute interview with the creator of the quizzes. Click here for further instructions.
4. Check out the 35 "quaint Southernisms" collected by Dr. Beard. Give yourself 3 points for terms you use frequently, 2 points for terms you use occasionally, and 1 point for terms you don't use yourself but grew up hearing. Click here for further instructions.
3. Share your thoughts on the questions included in the post on the other side of this link.
2. Explore the website associated with the "Do you Speak American?" documentary that we began to watch in class on Wednesday. Click here for further instructions.
Due before class on Wednesday, January 13th
1. Make a post in which you reflect on your views on language, accent or dialect. Approximately 200 words.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Update: As of February 2011, "On Language" is dead. Ben Zimmer now writes a column for the Boston Globe. Click here to check it out.
Monday, March 8, 2010
See, for example, shark at left.
Land Shark. (Click here to see a clip from the Saturday Night Live Sketch.)
Some words take on an entirely different meaning when they are combined in an idiomatic expression such as "jumping the shark." (See the video below at left, which shows the Fonz jumping the shark.)
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Contributed by Jim Brockman:
I used to work in an art supply store. We sold artists' canvas by the yard, and you could get it in either of two widths: 36 inches or 48 inches.
Customer: "Can you please cut some canvas for me?"
Me: "Certainly, what width?"
Customer: (confused and slightly annoyed) "Uh, Scissors?"
Thursday, February 18, 2010
According to our good friends at wikipedia:
"The American writer Sylvia Wright coined the term mondegreen in her essay 'The Death of Lady Mondegreen,' which was published in Harper's Magazine in November 1954. In the essay, Wright described how, as a young girl, she misheard the final line of the first stanza from the 17th-century ballad 'The Bonnie Earl O' Murray.' She wrote:
When I was a child, my mother used to read aloud to me from Percy's Reliques, and one of my favorite poems began, as I remember:
Ye Highlands and ye
Oh, where hae ye been?
They hae slain the Earl O'
And Lady Mondegreen.
Check the comments section of this post to find out what the actual fourth line is:
Monday, February 15, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
croshit. Instead of "crochet." (Jacyln Duvall)
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
interesting history of spelling, etc.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
"Reid right about skin color, dialect"
"Somebody please tell Harry Reid there are no Negroes in America. There haven't been since the late 1960s, which is when black people arrived and drove that term out of favor. The person who uses it without irony, as Reid did, paints himself as a geezer out of touch with the past 40 years, the kind of person who still calls rock music a fad.
"That said, there is little else to complain about in the quote from the Senate majority leader that has had political types hyperventilating. Said quote is from "Game Change," the new book on the 2008 presidential campaign. It has Reid, a supporter of then-candidate Barack Obama, privately suggesting the country was finally ready to elect a black man, especially one who, like Obama, is "light-skinned" and has "no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."
"A firestorm quickly raged, with Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele likening Reid's remarks to the gaffe that got Sen. Trent Lott in trouble eight years ago. In his online column, Journal-isms, Richard Prince wrote that panelists on the talk shows "were shocked, shocked that there is 'colorism' in America and a perceived 'Negro dialect.'... Coincidentally, there were no journalists of color in any of the discussions."
"Too bad. They might have helped frame the one question that went conspicuously unaddressed in the loud debate over what Reid said:
"Was he right?"