Language Fun: Study Reveals Dolphins Lack Capacity To Mock Celebrity Culture | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source

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LingEducator has been on a bit of a hiatus the last few weeks as the Spring semester wound up.  We return with a “Language Fun” post from the mock-news site  The Onion

On a slightly more serious note:  As you read this, keep in mind that many sociologists and anthropologists consider gossip to be a verbal form of hygiene.  It’s how we know what behavior keeps us socially acceptable and what behavior might cause people to kick us out of the “pod” (a group of dolphins).

You should also enjoy the jab at those who mock research into animal communication. You’ll find a particularly barbed remark about this in the final paragraph of the story.

Study Reveals Dolphins Lack Capacity To Mock Celebrity Culture | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source.

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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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