Fwd: "(Critical) Discourse Analysis" on Wikipedia

Phil Chappell philchappell at MAC.COM
Sun Mar 12 03:33:16 UTC 2006



> From: Frank Bramlett <fbramlett at mail.unomaha.edu>
> Date: 12 March 2006 12:03:38 AM
> To: Phil Chappell <philchappell at mac.com>
> Subject: Re: "(Critical) Discourse Analysis"  on Wikipedia
>
>
> Dear list members,
>
> I think Phil Chappell's term "monoglossic tone of brevity" is a  
> very good description of Wikipedia entries. We should remember that  
> this is an encyclopedia, not meant to replace scholarship of any  
> kind but rather meant as a starting point for people who have  
> interests in particular subjects and want to develop a basic  
> understanding of them.
>
> The reason I use Wikipedia is that my students use it. My students  
> (especially lower-division students) seem to believe that anything  
> they find on Google or Wikipedia is appropriate for use as  
> scholarly sources. I wonder if we can do more than just keep an eye  
> on things and edit when we can.
>
> Frank
>
>
> Frank Bramlett, Ph.D.
> Associate Professor
> English Department
> Linguistics, TESOL, & Women's Studies
> University of Nebraska at Omaha
> (402) 554-3313
> www.unomaha.edu
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>
>
> Phil Chappell <philchappell at MAC.COM>
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> 03/11/2006 07:02 AM
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> Re: "(Critical) Discourse Analysis"  on Wikipedia
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> Dear Tuen,
>
> I don't know too much about the workings of the supposed freely  
> produced Wikipedia, but I have noticed one trend in the past few  
> years when I have intermittently used it - postings on large topics  
> such as CDA or DA or a major name in a field e.g. Vygotsky http:// 
> en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vygotsky have tended to be briefer and  
> definitely the voice of fewer contributors. I spent some time  
> several years back contributing to the entry on "zone of proximal  
> development" and "scaffolding", two widely used constructs in  
> education. None of my original contributions remain and a  
> monoglossic tone of brevity pervades those pages.
>
> I would be happy to contribute to your project for CDA on  
> Wikipedia, however should we first check on the stability of  
> contributions? It seems to me that a privileged group are somehow  
> able to hold on to editorial rights.
>
> Cheers,
>
>
> Phil Chappell
> AUA Language Centre
> Bangkok, Thailand
> University of Wollongong
> New South Wales, Australia
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