Speech Events

Educational Linguists on Parole

Keeper of hospitality-ness (“Diatiguiya”)

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

November 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

Media Dictionary of SLX – Dialect

Let’s take a look at what happens when Cookie Monster learns about English as it’s spoken in the UK.

November 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

Genres of grad school

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

November 13, 2014 · 5 Comments

Typing N’ko on Android

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

November 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ghostbusters, “linguistics,” and “anthropology”

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.

November 12, 2014 · 7 Comments

RFI and Voice of America learn Manding

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

November 9, 2014 · 3 Comments

Cat-calls: A four-point research agenda

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

October 31, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Politics and Paper Trail of Translation

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

October 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

Media Dictionary of SLX – Speech Acts / Speech Genres / Speech Events

The humor of Perd Hapley, a character on the TV show Parks and Recreation, usually depends on how he talks about speech acts.

October 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Media Dictionary of SLX – Dialogism

How we use language is shaped by how others have done so. T-Rex gets it.

October 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

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