Do you ever get the feeling that the ideal of the linguistic anthropologist is some kind of immortal alien?… Read More Linguistic Anthropologist Philosopher King the Immortal
When I heard that Arvind Mahankali won the National Spelling Bee on Thursday night with the word knaidel, I first relished the fact that I live in a country where an Indian-American can win a national competition by spelling a Yiddish word. Then I started wondering about the spelling of knaidel. Turns out I’m not… Read More I write kneidel, you write knaidl
I’m pleased to see that my alma mater, Swarthmore College, will offer simultaneous translation of commencement today into both Spanish and Mandarin. This recognizes that families and friends of students graduating from college may be more comfortable listening to speeches in languages besides English, and will allow them to participate more fully in graduation. (The article does… Read More Mandarin at Graduation
Welcome to Speech Events. This will be an eclectic blog about language in social life. Diverse traditions in the academic world have spawned great insights about language and communication in interaction. Many ideas or understandings worth sharing don’t come in the form of a peer-reviewed paper or study, however. Here we hope to sow small… Read More Welcome!