Tag Archives: language variation

Resources: Reconstructing American Tongues

In 1988, the Center for New Media produced American Tongues.  Since then, this Peabody-Award-winning documentary, which highlights the range of language variation in the United States, has been a staple in American linguistic classes.  Even now, when the average 18 … Continue reading

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Tools: Sign Linguistics Corpora Network

Computer-aided technology has allowed considerable corpus research in linguistics that would not have been available just a few decades ago.  However, many of these corpora are geared towards written language.  Corpora for spoken and singed languages require considerably more effort … Continue reading

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Resources: MSAVE

Raffaella Zanuttini and a team of undergraduate students at Yale are developing a project called the Micro-Syntactic Atlas of Variation in English (MSAVE).  So far they have used published literature to document more than a half a dozen syntactic structures … Continue reading

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Classroom Activities: “I am Africa” Part I (Teaching Narrative Structure)

UNESCO has once again provided a wonderful resource for teaching about language and language variation in the classroom. On Tuesday, March 1, they will launch their I am Africa project. As they explain: “The youth StoryTellers will receive free multimedia … Continue reading

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Resources: Wisconsin Englishes Home

Ask people about language variation, and they generally start with the most stigmatized varieties in the South.  They often don’t talk about variation within the South or within the North, but the truth is that there is a lot to … Continue reading

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Classroom Activities: Kinetic Typography of Stephen Fry’s Language

Stephen Fry (as featured in the previous post with House‘s Hugh Laurie) has eloquently written on the subject of language, and Matt Rogers has set Fry’s voice in motion through a process called Kinetic Typography. The mesmerizing combination of Fry’s … Continue reading

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Kim Potowski researches the Spanish of MexiRicans in Chicago

For a long time, the number of variationist research projects being done on the language of Hispanics in this country was embarrassingly small.  Some might argue that it still is, but it does appear to be getting better.   Here’s … Continue reading

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Language News: Making Sense of Language Variation in the Classroom : Teachers at Work : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus

Anne Harper Charity Hudley and Christine Mallinson are interviewed by Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus about their new book, Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools. Making Sense of Language Variation in the Classroom : Teachers at Work : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus.

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Language NEWS: Dialect Coverage in the NYT

  Here’s a New York Times op-ed covering Dr. Kirk Hazen’s work on dialect education in the public schools. It’s a couple of months old now, but I was glad to see it still in circulation on the web.  Says Dr. Hazen … Continue reading

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Language News: July 29, 1979 – If Black English Isn’t a Language, What Is? – NYTimes.com

Those who are interested in the development of African American English (AAE) might be interested in this article by the novelist James Baldwin, who died in 1987. Op-Ed Contributor – July 29, 1979 – If Black English Isn’t a Language, … Continue reading

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