[lg policy] Cartoons again

Fouzi Bellalem fouzibellalem at YAHOO.CO.UK
Tue Nov 13 16:12:10 UTC 2012


Cartoons are certainly an illuminating source of information about language and culture. I usually look at cartoons on Algerian and French newspapers and I can honestly say they are much better illustrative than articles. At a time where visual information has taken great part of people's lives, it is a good idea to include in sociolinguistic and anthropology studies. 

While we are at semiotics and visual sociolinguistics, can I please to share the following pic (not a cartoon) with you and I hope you can guess the socio-politics and culture behind it. Enjoy!


Fouzi


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 From: Harold Schiffman <haroldfs at gmail.com>
To: lp <lgpolicy-list at groups.sas.upenn.edu> 
Sent: Monday, 12 November 2012, 23:46
Subject: [lg policy] Cartoons again
 

All:

I have had exactly three responses to my query to the list as to whether the cartoons page is something people are interested in i.e. as they pertain to language policy.  All three have been positive, but that's not exactly an overwhelming vote of confidence.

Be that as it may, I decided to link a page to the cartoons page from my website for a course on "Language and Popular Culture" that I taught before retiring.  In that course I encouraged students to look at how language is portrayed/used/manipulated in popular culture, such as cartoons, and one sample I gave them was from a comic strip called "Pearls before Swine" that, among other things, depicts Crocs (crocodiles) as speaking some kind of non-standard dialect of English.  I encouraged my students to look at similar depictions in order to understand how this kind of "popular culture" represented ideas about language.  Since the course was a writing course, they had to write a research paper on this or a similar topic.  

Anyway since the response to my query about the value of cartoons was so overwhelmingly positive (!) I decided to also share with you my thoughts about the crocs.

In case you're wondering, the URL for the cartoons page is http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/plc/clpp/images/cartoons/cartoons.html


Enjoy!

HS

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