Research

Advice for Doing Pidgin Research

I. Introduction As with any research, outsiders need to be sensitive to the role of the language in the community they are studying, and even more so in the case of Pidgin due to its history of denigration, stigmatization, and trivialization. II. Types of research There are many different kinds of research that can be done to investigate Pidgin: the language itself (i.e. structure, history), how people use the language, and what people think about the language (eg positive and…

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🎥 Rosina Lippi-Green – Linguistic authenticity and stereotyping in the performance of identity

February 17, 2013 A politician may spend twenty or more years running for office, and just as many years on the campaign trail trying to keep or win over voters. The public language of political candidates has always been complicated by questions of attempted audience accommodation, performance and authenticity, topics which were rarely if ever raised to the level of national awareness or serious debate. Then, in 2008 what had been a homogeneous candidate pool expanded to include an Anglo…

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🎥 John Baugh – Some linguistic consequences of slavery in the United States

This presentation is devoted to sociolinguistic analyses of African American vernacular English (AAVE), including studies of morphophonemic variation and analyses of copula variability among black speakers across the United States. Tense and Aspect in AAVE will also be discussed, especially regarding the usage of “steady” as in “They be steady runnin’.”  A combination of synchronic and diachronic evidence confirms that the history of AAVE differs greatly from that of United States citizens and residents whose ancestors immigrated to that country…

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🎥 Fiona Willans – The multilingual turn in sociolinguistics: What use is it to educators?

PowerPoint presentation: Multilingual turn in sociolinguistics: What use is it to educators? Dr. Fiona Willans’s research focuses on language policy and multilingual education, with a particular interest in the context of Vanuatu. She combines ethnography and discourse analysis to examine the way language is used and talked about within the domain of education, focusing on the way a number of familiar arguments against multilingual education circulate unchallenged. Her aim is to encourage new ways of looking at policy and planning,…

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🎥 Fiona Willans – Multilingual education policy in the Pacific: Insights from Vanuatu

PowerPoint presentation: Multilingual education policy in the Pacific: Insights from Vanuatu. Dr. Fiona Willans’s research focuses on language policy and multilingual education, with a particular interest in the context of Vanuatu. She combines ethnography and discourse analysis to examine the way language is used and talked about within the domain of education, focusing on the way a number of familiar arguments against multilingual education circulate unchallenged. Her aim is to encourage new ways of looking at policy and planning, in…

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🎥 Mary Bucholtz – “Respeta mi idioma”: Promoting linguistic diversity and sociolinguistic justice through youth research and activism

March 20, 2015 Abstract: In this talk I demonstrate how a combined research and community partnership program in California addresses educational and linguistic problems by promoting sociolinguistic justice (Bucholtz et al. forthcoming). SKILLS (School Kids Investigating Language in Life and Society) prepares low-income Latina/o high school students for college by guiding them to undertake original research and activist projects on language, identity, and power in their lives. The goal of SKILLS is not to “empower” youth but to recognize their…

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🎥 Jeff Reaser – Language as part of the diversity cannon

Thursday, February 5, 2015 Despite being a crucial social marker of many of these groups, dialect and language variation has remained outside of the diversity canon. Even as sociolinguistic information has begun to permeate teacher education programs, linguistically aware teachers are often stifled by a paucity of materials that teach about language variation. In this talk, Dr. Jeffrey Reaser will discuss and share examples of the first state-based dialect awareness program to be developed and implemented in the United States,…

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🔗 Language Varieties Network

Visit Jeff Siegel’s site is about varieties of language that differ from the standard variety that is normally used in the media and taught in the schools. Includes pidgins, creoles, regional dialects, minority dialects and indigenized varieties. http://www.hawaii.edu/satocenter/langnet/index.html

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