LSP 201 (Spring 21)
ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY LINGUISTICS (that we didn’t get to!)
This assignment replaces the book review in the original course syllabus.
In class the week of April 25, you will do a presentation on an issue in contemporary linguistics that has received some coverage outside of academic circles. Begin with one of the articles below. The idea is to inform your classmates about a linguistic phenomenon that we were not able to cover in class, so take the article you read as a starting point. You will most likely need to find another source or two to contextualize the issue you plan to discuss. (This also means including your other sources in a bibliography.)
You’ll have five to ten minutes to present. Create some kind of digital prop– PPT, Google slide, something further afield—that you can also upload to our BS site for students in the other sections to view. Remember to teach the material—interact with your “students” though posing questions and creating activities for them to engage with your topic. Prepare at least one discussion question for BS.
You will turn in the digital portion of the presentation to me. Your grade is based on demonstrating your understanding of your chosen issue in linguistics and your adeptness in communicating your understanding to your classmates.
Language and Race
How Should Black People Sound?
Nah, We Straight: An Argument Against Code Switching
10 Ways to Tackle Linguistic Bias in Our Classrooms
It wasn’t Verbal Blackface: AOC was Code-Switching.
Signing Black in America
Bilingualism, Immigration, and Identity
The Hybrid Korean-English Language of “Minari” Makes It Feel Like Home
How Capicola Became Gabagool
In Louisiana, Cajuns are keen to preserve their identity
Language and the Internet
Emoji as Gesture
Move Over Shakespeare. Teen Girls are the Real Language Disrupters.
We Learned to Write the Way We Talk
Seven Ways the Internet is Improving Language
Special and Beautiful Whistled Language Echoes Around This Island
Can we Revive Endangered Languages? Should we?
A ‘Like ‘for Linguistics: Can Social Media Save Mexico’s Unwritten Languages?
The Internet Is Killing The World’s Languages: Can Google Help?
Fragile State of Contact Languages
More Than Words: Gestures and Images Say More
Universal Language: 10 Types of Human Communication
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