02 octobre 2015

Small Colleges’ Closure Rate Could Triple by 2017, Moody’s Says

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . By 2017, the closure rate of small colleges is likely to triple from the rate of the past decade, according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service that is available to the service’s subscribers. That will amount to a “small but notable rise” in the number of institutions that will shut their doors or merge, according to the report. More...

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4 Colleges Are Picked to Host 2016 Presidential and Vice-Presidential Debates

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates has announced the sites of the 2016 election’s three presidential debates and one vice-presidential debate. More...

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Over Objections, College in Florida Drops Tenure-Like System for New Hires

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . The State College of Florida will no longer offer continuing contracts to new faculty members, a change strongly opposed by professors at the Bradenton college as well as its president. The Bradenton Herald reports that the college’s trustees voted to end the tenure-like system for new professors, in part, they said, so the college would be able to fire misbehaving professors more easily. More...

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Members Only

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . If you want to speak of someone who has a teaching appointment you might refer to her or him as a faculty member or a member of the faculty.
If it were only that simple.
Since the 12th century, the term faculty  has denoted a group, and not any group: a faculty  is an indispensable aggregation and organization, the heart of any institution of higher education. More...

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Sex and Verbs and Rock ’n’ Roll

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . Last week I promised to explain why I was recently browsing in a little German grammar book I have owned since 1963. More...

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On ‘Diversity’

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . I have become allergic to the word diversity. It feels empty, or worse, like a chore. Words lose capital when they are overused or when the cultural climate that fostered their meaning changes. Diversity is a good example. More...

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A Healthful Perspective

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . This past Saturday I was down in Washington, D.C., giving a seminar at the Smithsonian Associates called “Grammatical Gaffes: A Linguist Looks at Language Pet Peeves.” For two hours, almost 200 grammar enthusiasts and I romped through some of the greatest hits of  grammatical peevery, such as literally to mean ‘figuratively,’ impact as a verb, could care less, between you and I (or for he and I, etc.), use of less for fewer, stranded prepositions, the existence of irregardless at all, and singular they (a topic on which I have many thoughts, as Lingua Franca readers know). More...

Posté par pcassuto à 01:18 - - Permalien [#]

Papal Language

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . The occasion of a papal visit brings with it an opportunity to consider certain comfortable words. I use comfortable in its earlier sense, “strengthening or  supporting (morally or spiritually); encouraging, inspiring, reassuring, cheering,” to which the Oxford English Dictionary archly adds, “Obs. or arch.” But then the papacy has something arch. about it, though it is certainly not obs. More...

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A Million Missing Words: The Search Is On

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . They are the dark matter of the lexiverse — a million words of the English language not yet recorded in any dictionary.
Words like these: farecasting, deanling, domainer, hyperloop, unfuckulate, anachronym, smokescreening. More...

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Frosh

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . This year, for the first time, I am teaching a freshman — oops, first-year — seminar. Right there is the problem. As readers of this blog know, I like to be on top of the latest gender-neutral neologism. For many years, the term freshman has belonged to a class of designations (fireman, policeman, mailman) for which our culture has tried to find gender-neutral alternatives. More...

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