Speech Events

Educational Linguists on Parole

Outlander, Time Travel Stories, and Language Change

When you travel through time, how will people react when they hear you speak? Will you be able to be understood by anyone? Some cursory thoughts on this very important question.

April 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

Media Dictionary of SLX – Register

All of us learn ways that certain bits of language (sounds, words, phrases, other things) are associated with certain kinds of people. Watch Elmo learn all about it.

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

A glance inside the social change toolbox

By engaging in the discipline of educational linguistics we’ve made it pretty clear– we care about social realities, about people, power-structures, parole, and how they intertwine. We’re out to make … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · 3 Comments

Everyone’s a sociolinguist

[Cross posted from Drinking Chiya]

People in general, but especially in Nepal love talking about language. Even when I haven’t asked anything or expressed interest in language, things will come up about it all the time.

February 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Media Dictionary of SLX – Speech Genres

Remember Perd Hapley? Here’s more humor extracted from looking closely at the regular features of a certain speech genre, in this case: the cable news report. From Charlie Brooker and Newswipe.

January 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Brgprgpbpaob brghpbaub hprghbuh preurrggbhh

They might try, but whales and orangutans mimicking human sounds is nothing like a human speaking. So where does the media fuss come in? Some musings.

January 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Can’t stop, won’t stop: Being a Parent-Linguistic Anthropologist

A few days ago, my precocious five year old asked me an interesting question: Is OMG a bad word? I thought quickly. Is it still possible that saying God’s name … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Things That Make You Go “Quack”

http://www.quack-project.com/table.cgi A treasured colleague sent this link around to some of us Speech Eventers recently. It is a fun project apparently led by Dr. Quack, who may or may not … Continue reading

November 24, 2014 · 3 Comments

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

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