Language News: Churnalism.com Reveals Press Release Copy in News Stories | PBS

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In addition to teaching students media literacy, ethical standards, and lessons about plagiarism, this link offers another linguistic opportunity:  the chance to talk to them about word creation.  “Churnalism” is a portmanteau–a linguistic blend of two words.  This link also raises questions about the translation of such words–which offers a number of other opportunities for classroom discussion about the nature of words and semantic processes in natural language.

MediaShift Idea Lab . Churnalism.com Reveals Press Release Copy in News Stories | PBS.

You can also go directly to the source, since that seems particularly important in this instance:  Churnalism.com

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Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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