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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

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

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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