[lg policy] Cartoons again

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 13 16:16:39 UTC 2012


Dear Fouzi,

Yes, very interesting posting there on that wall!

HS


On Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 11:12 AM, Fouzi Bellalem
<fouzibellalem at yahoo.co.uk>wrote:

> 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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 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
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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