Yearly Archives: 2013

A prescriptivism with moral and political ends: The linguistic shalts and shalt nots I can get behind

In the field of linguistics, we tend to make a distinction between two ways of thinking about language and grammar: prescriptivism and descriptivism. Advertisements

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Posted in Ideology and social change, Prescriptivism and language prejudice

News that isn’t news: Extrapolating global political relations from handshakes

In the daily stream of things that aren’t news, packaged and sold to us by, of all people, the news media, one set of particularly non-newsworthy events has emerged from Nelson Mandela’s death and subsequent memorial: stories scrutinizing President Obama’s

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Posted in Media discourse and media bias

Communication skills for women: Profiting off of the marginalization of women in the workplace

We live in a world where men’s practices and ways of being are largely viewed as ‘the norm’. Women, to the extent, that they are even recognized as having practices and ways of being are seen as needing to fix

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Posted in Language and gender

Gizoogle: Amusing tribute or racist caricature? – NSFW (part 5)

For over a month now, I’ve been taking a look at Gizoogle, a website that parodies the search engine Google by rendering web content in language resembling Snoop Dogg‘s speech. In a series of posts, I’ve been trying to arrive at

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Posted in Language and race, Technology and language

Gizoogle: Amusing tribute or racist caricature? – NSFW (part 4)

For several weeks, I’ve been writing about the website Gizoogle, which ‘translates’ internet search results and webpages into language modeled after the hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg (see my first post for more details). Specifically, I’ve been looking into the question: Is

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Posted in Language and race, Technology and language

If you can’t write, what rights do you really have?: Literacy and the exercising of personal rights

This past spring, I suffered a relatively minor medical emergency having to have emergency surgery to remove my appendix. I recovered quickly and without complication thanks to the excellent medical staff who attended to me 24 hours a day for

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Posted in Language and social class

Gizoogle: Amusing tribute or racist caricature? – NSFW (part 3)

In my last couple of posts (here and here), I’ve been looking at the website Gizoogle, which basically translates the language of web content into language that is modeled after the hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg (see the first post for a more thorough

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Posted in Ideology and social change, Language and race, Linguistic diversity, Technology and language

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