30 avril 2016

The Social Consequences of Switching to English

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . I commented here a few months ago on the status of English as a planetwide communication medium and some aspects of the “undeserved good luck” that got it that unlikely status. “The race for global language has been run,” I said, “and like it or not, we have a winner”. More...

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Being an Antecedent

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . On the morning of April 1, I heard a BBC newsreader say (without levity, April Fool’s Day though it was) that Sajid Javid, the British government’s secretary of state for business, innovation, and skills, had “assured the steel workers that ministers were doing everything they could to save their jobs.” More...

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Let Us Edit Your Article

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . You have to laugh at some of the spam you get, don’t you? Or maybe weep. Today I received a spam email from a proofreading and academic editing company. “We majorly specialize in proofreading academic documents,” it told me, with a majorly eyebrow-raising adverb (wouldn’t “mostly” have been better?). More...

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Lessons From ‘Stoner’

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . When the writer Jim Harrison died last month, I came across the following quote from one of his books:

“I wasn’t very long at Stony Brook,” he writes in Off to the Side, “when it occurred to me that the English department had all the charm of a streetfight where no one actually landed a punch.”

I promptly put this quote up on Facebook. More...

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State of ‘Lay’

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . As Robert Frost might have put it, something there is that doesn’t want to say lie. I refer to the present tense of the verb meaning to assume or be in a recumbent position, figuratively or literally. So: I want to lay down. He had to lay low. Don’t just lay there. And so on. More...

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‘Punter’s Chance’ or ‘Puncher’s Chance’? I’ll Punt

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . As I have mentioned here before, I am the sole owner and proprietor of Not One-Off Britishisms (NOOBs), a blog devoted to charting British expressions that have become popular in the United States. More...

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Hillary Who?

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . Noting that I’ve written about the hip-hop/youth/New York trend of glottalizing (that is, “swallowing” the t before the last syllable) such words as important, button,and Manhattan, a reader recently e-mailed me, “I was intrigued by how Hillary Clinton glottalized her last name … as early as 1992. Not surprisingly, she changed it back to Clin’T'on in her campaign video last year.” More...

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Don’t Speak!

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . In the funniest scene in Woody Allen’s last funny movie, Bullets Over Broadway (1994), the aspiring playwright David Shayne (John Cusack) tries to communicate his feelings to the stage diva Helen Sinclair (Dianne Wiest). More...

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Tenure Rights and the Rise of Title IX: a Looming Culture Clash

By The controversy over sexual-harassment cases at Berkeley highlights the larger battle over faculty protections and the call for a swift conclusion of complaints. More...

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When States Tie Money to Colleges’ Performance, Low-Income Students May Suffer

By Performance-based funding has caught on in a big way in higher education. While that model lacks a precise definition, about 30 states now allocate at least some of the money they give to colleges based on achievement measures. More...

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