Just 5 days ago the NYtimes ran an article about Mali’s successful response to its first confirmed case of Ebola. Unfortunately the congratulatory tone seemed a bit premature; Mali had … Continue reading
The Speech Events cabal is made up of grad students – to be specific, PhD students in a program called Educational Linguistics. As students of educational linguistics, we like to think about genres of … Continue reading
Alright so all of our posts are a bit specialized but this one is going to be particularly focused. But hey, what’s language in social life without being able to actually send messages … Continue reading
Inspired by an article by Leah Velleman looking at a scene from Ghostbusters from a linguistic perspective, I examine some issues in the scene that I feel are best explained with tools from anthropological views on language.
African languages such as Swahili and Hausa have a long history of being used by foreign broadcasters such as the BBC, Radio France International (RFI) and Voice of Russia (formerly known … Continue reading
Recent buzz in social media about ‘street harassment‘ (and its hilarity) motivates me to write down some on-going musings on what I suspect to be a largely un-researched and un-analyzed … Continue reading
A few years ago I wrote about the politics of translation for a wonderful journal, Working Papers in Educational Linguistics,* also known affectionately as “Whipple.” If you take in at least some … Continue reading
The humor of Perd Hapley, a character on the TV show Parks and Recreation, usually depends on how he talks about speech acts.