Monthly Archives: March 2013

Why the cynics are wrong (this time)

I still have some things to say about our discourse on language learning and immigration, and I’ll get back to it soon. However, I wanted to interrupt my regularly scheduled broadcast to say a few words about the recent discourse

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Posted in Technology and language

Myths of melting pots and discarded tongues (part 2)

In my last post, I looked at a story told by a US Senator about how his family immigrated to the United States and learned English.  I wrote that I think the stories we tell reveal a lot about how

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Posted in Human migration

Myths of melting pots and discarded tongues (part 1)

While the United States government seems intent on providing me a never ending supply of budget dysfunction discourse, I’ve decided to move on to another pressing topic that US politicians have been discussing: immigration. President Obama gave some prominence to

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Posted in Human migration

“Is speaking English a civic duty?” by Ingrid Piller

It’s been a while since I’ve posted to my blog, but I assure you I haven’t forgotten it!  I’m gathering material for a post about immigration in the United States and the role of English. However, I wanted to put

Posted in Human migration

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