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Race as a Language Issue

Posted by Michael Dolan on August 31, 2012 in Uncategorized |

  The path to widespread freedom for a diverse range of people runs through multilingualism.  That’s one of main lessons from South African scholar and activist Neville Alexander, who passed away August 27. A fellow-prisoner of Nelson Mandela during his country’s Apartheid years, Alexander did pioneering work in languages through several national institutions.  Many in […]

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Take My Party. Please.

Posted by Michael Dolan on August 27, 2012 in Uncategorized |

When Republicans adopted their usual tough anti-abortion amendment for the party platform just before their convention, some Democrats labeled the language the “Akin Amendment.” The opponents wanted to tie the entire party to the weird comment by Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin that referred to “legitimate rape.” Finally, the Dems show a semblance of […]

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Language Puts Power into Even the Smallest Hands

Posted by Michael Dolan on August 25, 2012 in Uncategorized |

  One of the unfortunate side effects, we’ve learned over the past 25 years, of correcting the inferior language skills of children is that they feel bad about themselves and embarrassed for their immigrant or poor families. Good impulse – bad outcome. We remember the debacle when theorists tried to impose something called “Ebonics” on […]

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He Says What Many Think of the so-called Democratic Party

Posted by Michael Dolan on August 19, 2012 in Uncategorized |

Do we actually have two parties in our “two-party system”?  The Democrats are not doing their job of political articulation, according to NPR host Ira Glass. “Could someone please write a book explaining why the Democratic Party and its allies are so much less effective at crafting a message and having a vision than their […]

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Why do You Picture only Certain People when You Hear “Entitlement”?

Posted by Michael Dolan on August 15, 2012 in Uncategorized |

Nice original insight on “entitlement” by Geoff Nunberg who teaches at the University of California at Berkeley. While it seems a neutral government budgetary term, “entitlement” actually slaps a demeaning label on some people but not others who appear equally deserving of disdain. “Like a lot of effective political language, it enables you to slip […]

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Reach a Wide Audience

Posted by Michael Dolan on August 14, 2012 in Uncategorized |

Interested in publishing your ideas on “older and the contemporary literature in English”?  Want to reach the largest English-language community in the world?  Check out the call for entries page for Asia Writes. If you are successful, you will be speaking to India.  In any event, it’s interesting to see what is happening. Details: http://www.asiawrites.org/

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Scientist Backs Groucho

Posted by Michael Dolan on August 6, 2012 in Uncategorized |

  “I don’t tell jokes,” Grouch Marx once said.  “I tell the truth.” Rutgers University anthologist Robert Lynch roams comedy clubs studying why people laugh and occasionally take the stage himself.  Because laughter is present in all societies, Lynch says mirth provides an evolutionary advantage.  If you can laugh with ’em you can live with […]

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