Monthly Archives: April 2013

Your professor does speak English: Competence and cooperation in classroom communication

Recently, I’ve been engaged with a research project looking at the discourse of RateMyProfessors.com, a website where students rate and comment on their university or college instructors.  I’ve been paying special attention to how students talk about instructors who are

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Posted in Human migration, Linguistic diversity, Miscommunication and communication difficulties

The blurry line between linguistic pet peeves and prejudice

Lingua Franca is a blog at the Chronicle of Higher Education that I enjoy reading especially for Anne Curzan‘s and Geoffrey Pullum‘s excellent posts, but all of the contributors write about language, and so I’m a regular reader. Today, there was

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Posted in Prescriptivism and language prejudice

On table manners and spelling errors: How we use grammar to discriminate

Recently, I’ve come across a number of articles by self-proclaimed language experts trying to sell business leaders on the idea that being aware of their current and potential employees’ grammar and spelling is important.  This article calls written language problems

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Posted in Prescriptivism and language prejudice

Crime and ethnicity in the media: Pickpocketing on a world stage

The Louvre (large museum in Paris, France, pictured below, home to many important works of art, for example, the Mona Lisa) closed today.  Hundreds of staff members walked out citing complaints about rampant crime in the museum that was targeting both visitors and

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Posted in Human migration, Media discourse and media bias

Miscommunication in a pluralistic society: Remembering John Gumperz

Last week, a man who most people have probably never heard of died: John Gumperz.  He was, however, a very important discourse analyst and sociolinguist.  His work has had an impact on my own thinking particularly about my approach to

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Posted in Human migration, Linguistic diversity, Miscommunication and communication difficulties

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