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Multilingual Atlanta: Mapping the languages of tweets

This year, I have a research fellowship at my university researching New and Emerging Media. I’ve thus been working on a number of different projects related to computational ways of looking at language and discourse (for example, this one). However,

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Posted in Human migration, Linguistic diversity, Multilingualism

Are you even listening to me?: Miscommunication and the performance of attention

We spend a lot of time talking everyday, much of this in face-to-face communication (yes, even in spite of the rise of digital technologies). When we do so, we rely on the cooperation of another person. One way we expect

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Posted in Language and gender, Linguistic diversity, Miscommunication and communication difficulties

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

Gizoogle: Amusing tribute or racist caricature? – NSFW (part 2)

In my last post, I took up the question of whether the website Gizoogle (see the previous post for an explanation of it) is an amusing tribute to hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg, a racist caricature of African American English (AAE),

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

Gizoogle: Amusing tribute or racist caricature? – NSFW (part 1)

Just as a warning: this post contains a number of examples from the website Gizoogle, which uses quite a bit of language not appropriate for many workplaces. Gizoogle, as shown in the picture above, is a website that parodies the

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

Hearing skin color: The connections between language and race

What is race? What does it mean to be White, Black, Asian, Latina/o, or any other identifiable race? Most of us probably think of it as something marked on our bodies. It’s the pigment of our skin, the shape of

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Posted in Human migration, Ideology and social change, Language and race, Linguistic diversity, Prescriptivism and language prejudice

Linguistic diversity in the classroom (part 2): Multilingualism and academic writing

In my previous post, I presented my approach to balancing two competing needs: (1) preparing students who speak ‘nonstandard’ English to succeed as academic writers and (2) creating an environment that promotes respect for linguistic diversity among my students while

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Posted in Human migration, Language and education, Linguistic diversity

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