Opportunity for native English speakers to help international students at Wake

Are you interested in linguistics, in speaking with international students, or just being very helpful? We are looking for native English speaker volunteers to help with oral skills workshops for international students. You can help international students gain facility with the rapid pace of native speaker English, idiomatic expressions, American culture, and to help increase their confidence and ability to participate in their classes. It’s a lot of fun!
Volunteers are not required to attend every session, but should be available on a semi-regular basis.
Sessions are planned for Fridays from 3:30-4:30 (or until 5 some days), in Tribble A-104. Sessions will begin Sept. 13th. Thursday sessions may also occur depending on interest.

Please contact Andrew Smith at smithac@wfu.edu if you are interested.

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John McWhorter: Txtng is killing language. JK!!! | Video on TED.com

A TED talk discussing the important difference between writing and speech in the context of the recent advent of texting. McWhorter points out:

Once you have [mobile devices] in your pocket that can receive that message, then you have the conditions that allow that we can write like we speak. And that’s where texting comes in. And so, texting is very loose in its structure. No one thinks about capital letters or punctuation when one texts, but then again, do you think about those things when you talk? No, and so therefore why would you when you were texting?

John McWhorter: Txtng is killing language. JK!!! | Video on TED.com.

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Dialect Survey Maps

Recently a graduate student at NC State University published a set of interactive dialect maps based on data from a dialect survey by Bert Vaux (University of Cambridge).

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Dialect maps by Joshua Katz based on data from the 122-question survey conducted by Bert Vaux, Department of Linguistics, University of Cambridge. The web interface was coded with Shiny and deployed using the hosting service provided by RStudio. These maps are preliminary results only—more complete/correct versions are in development.

via Dialect Survey Maps.

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