my point, precisely!

Not the main one I want to make, but a corollary: what is a lingua franca?
“The term lingua franca comes from an Italian phrase for “Frankish language”. The term harkens back to the traditional role of French as the “language of diplomacy”. The underlying idea was that no matter what languages two diplomats might speak at home, they … Read more...

Moving on (too fast?)

I’m assigning an essay by Thomas de Zengotita to the College Writing class for reading this weekend. It was originally published in Harper’s (one of my favorites), and is summarized in a blog called How to Save the World. (The same entry also mentions “Carnival of the Capitalists” and “Warren Buffett pays his taxes,” both of interest.)
de Zengotita … Read more...

party conversations

Siny thinks I didn’t reference her last time, but I did. The birthday girl had it right: no permission, no name – but one might still appear-by-implication in an account of some interaction! This time I only intended to stay an hour but then blogtalk happened. I became excited . . .
Sangria Grrl gave me the hardest time. … Read more...

Adequate Information Management

Donal sends this on from the European Communication Research and Education Association listserv. It reminds me of the conversations I had with interpreters for the European Parliament. Some interpreters were worried about misrepresentation of their accounts about interpreting. I’ll formally present some results next month in Sydney at an international conference on community interpreting, Critical Link V.
Subject: [ecrea] … Read more...

Cultural economy

What do I know about? Only what I think it means – which always gets me into trouble!
“The term ‘cultural economy’ tries to outline the ways in which the economic interrelated with the cultural. The term refers to how cultural meanings are embedded in economic life. We cannot explain how economic practices are co-ordinated without understanding the cultural meanings … Read more...

Cultural Studies

I took a hiatus from proposing to conferences because of the big trip (upcoming) to Australia and the tentative plans (visa still in the works) to go to Iran. However, time moves along and new opportunities arise, especially in regard to my proposed dissertation topic. For instance, it would behoove me to attend INTER: A European Cultural Studies Conference in Read more...

language in higher education

Linked from UMass’ Social and Behavioral Sciences newsletter is an article that quotes one of the people who interviewed me for the STPEC writing teacher position. The article involves the German language program at UMass plus links to other articles on language education in the US, its point being the need for small humanities programs to collaborate in innovative ways … Read more...

identity and “selves”

According to Diane M. Hoffman (working for the American Institutes for Research, Iranians conceive of an “inner self” and an “outer self” which “does not presuppose any necessary conformity between inside and outside; the two can, and in fact often do, coexist in mutually contradictory fashion, without leading to what many Westerners might experience as an uncomfortable dissonance” (… Read more...

perhaps…

I can pull off attending this conference on Deliberative Democracy in Cambridge next month…
They will focus on public policy disputes, primarily regarding environmental issues but I bet there are many parallels with language concerns.… Read more...