Recently, video has played a larger role in my communication classes as a result of an increase in focus on students’ interactive competence. In part, this stems from educational technology such as Flip, which has made it easier to incorporate short, focused video feedback in a communication class. Therefore, I…Keep reading
The first week of 2023 has already passed, and the spring semester looms on the Monday horizon. I’m spending the weekend populating calendars and uploading syllabi. Conferences, curricula improvement, and major moves will make this a hectic semester. In the midst of it, I’ve resolved to blog more. This year…Keep reading
“Greeting somebody in the street proves no esteem whatever, but failure to do so conclusively proves the opposite.”— Georg Simmel 1858-1918: A Collection of Essays, with Translations and a Bibliography, ed. K.H. Wolff. Columbus: Ohio State University Press.Keep reading
NPR published an article on the 2023 “banished words” according to Lake Superior State University faculty on January 1st, 2023: In their annual “Banished Words” list, the faculty of Lake Superior State University also suggest removing from your vocabulary overused phrases like “does that make sense?” and “it is what…Keep reading
I returned today from my first post-pandemic visit to the Getty Center in Los Angeles. I enjoy visiting museums, but I always wish the visits were more productive. This post represents the fruits of that impulse. My trade is applied linguistics, so I considered what insights can be gleaned from…Keep reading
I’m writing this around the holidays, so I wanted to examine a mainstay of the holiday season from a linguistic perspective. The greeting card occupies a peculiar niche in the social fabric of modern society. Why do we buy cards with sentiments written by strangers to no one in particular…Keep reading
Barbara Ehrenreich, the author, activist and self-described “myth buster” who in such notable works as “Nickel and Dimed” and “Bait and Switch” challenged conventional thinking about class, religion and the very idea of an American dream, has died at age 81. Barbara Ehrenreich, Activist and ‘Myth Busting’ Writer of ‘Nickel…Keep reading
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