microwave (was: Query to ADS)

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Tue Nov 14 17:44:01 UTC 2000

At 11:16 AM 11/14/00 -0500, you wrote:
>Beverly Flanigan <flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU> writes:
> >>>>>
>A friend of mine is teaching a course for elem.-jr. hi English/Language
>Arts teachers this Winter on "The Development of American
>English."  Wolfram & Schilling-Estes is too long and technical for this
>course.  Does anyone have a good recommendation for a course that meets
>twice a week for 10 weeks (and will be taught largely by microwave?!).
>An indication of semantic shift (or what to call it?): My first reaction to
>this was to the thought of a course taught largely by microwave *oven*:
>"How in the heck do they do *THAT*?!"
>While I theoretically deprecate this kind of truncation (how many people in
>the sixties thought that "transistor" meant a small portable radio?),
>microwave ovens are common enough in my life and language, and microwaves
>themselves (i.e., electromagnetic waves of wavelength 1mm-1m) rare enough,
>that like most Americans I use the single word for the appliance.
>-- Mark
>Imprimis: Pro nugis noli sudare.
>Secundus: Omnia sunt nugae.

I have to admit I know nothing about this technology.  "Microwave" is the
term the gurus use here, but what is the full, or better, term?  All I know
is that the main and the branch campus are hooked up somehow, the
instructor is videoed, and the class can respond "interactively"--but the
one teacher I know who's done it says he had very poor response from the
more than usually passive students.  Has anybody else tried this?

Beverly Olson Flanigan         Department of Linguistics
Ohio University                     Athens, OH  45701
Ph.: (740) 593-4568              Fax: (740) 593-2967

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