[lg policy] New cartoon on our cartoons page

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 9 15:59:43 UTC 2012


I have just posted a new cartoons on our cartoons page.  It's from the
cartoon series "Frazz" which involves a young boy who is asked to use the
word "sprain" in a sentence by his teacher.  This is more of a
sociolinguistic cartoon than a "purely" language policy cartoon, but
linguistic usage is of course a kind of language policy.  Frazz uses the
word in a way he claims is "how they talk in the Bronx" which is of course
attributing non-standard linguistic behavior to the residents of one of New
York's five boroughs.  Usually popular conceptions would attribute this to
Brooklyn, since "Brooklynese" is the popular conception of what
non-standard New York English (NSNYE) sounds like.

By the way, I notice that each time that I update the cartoons page, I get
absolutely NO REACTION from our membership.  Is this something people
really don't care about?  To me it's a humorous but ongoing language policy

To access the cartoons page, go to our website, click on "resources" and
scroll down to "images".



 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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