[lg policy] Re: lgpolicy-list Digest, Vol 61, Issue 11

Bernard Spolsky bspolsky at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 14 16:28:39 UTC 2014


Perhaps we need a Babeslanguage to challenge Babescode.
Bernard


On Wed, May 14, 2014 at 7:01 PM, <lgpolicy-list-request at groups.sas.upenn.edu
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>    1. Should computer code be taught instead of language(s)?
>       (Harold Schiffman)
>    2. Language Landscape (Dave Sayers)
>    3. Harold Schiffman has sent you - Berlin Twp., police
>       department sued over language barrier - from Courier-Post
>       (do-not-reply at courierpostonline.com)
>    4. Politics, economics and identity: mapping the linguistic
>       landscape of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Abdul Manan .)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Tue, 13 May 2014 16:31:45 -0400
> From: Harold Schiffman <haroldfs at gmail.com>
> Subject: [lg policy] Should computer code be taught instead of
>         language(s)?
> To: lp <lgpolicy-list at groups.sas.upenn.edu>
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> Not at the Expense of Foreign Languages
> [image: Stacie Berdan]
>
> Stacie Nevadomski
> Berdan<
> http://stacieberdan.com/about-stacie-berdan-international-careers-expert/
> >is
> the author, most recently, of "Raising
> Global Children." <
> http://stacieberdan.com/raising-global-children-is-here/>
>
> *Updated* May 12, 2014, 7:13 PM
>
> Academics and educators increasingly cite computer coding as an important
> component of a 21st-century education. Some even want to have coding
> classified as a type of “language” for foreign language credit. Legislators
> in Florida<
> http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2014/02/03/computer-programming-could-count-as-a-foreign-language/
> >,
> Kentucky<
> http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20140123/NEWS0101/301230033/>,
> New Mexico<
> http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/01/28/states-could-count-computer-programming-as-foreign-language-skill/
> >and
> Texas <http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/02/26/22computer_ep.h33.html
> >,
> for example, have introduced legislation that would allow high school
> students to use computer coding courses to satisfy their state's foreign
> language graduation requirement.
>
> While computer coding is undeniably a worthwhile course of study, there is
> a far greater need to teach our elementary school students foreign
> languages.
>
> While computer coding is undeniably a worthwhile course of study, there is
> a far greater need to teach our elementary school students real foreign
> languages. For starters, as far as I know, there is no research that
> indicates that coding will enhance creativity, logical thinking or lead to
> the enhanced job prospects that its advocates predict.
>
> Decades of well-documented
> research<
> http://www.actfl.org/advocacy/discover-languages/what-the-research-shows>,
> however, demonstrate the far-reaching benefits of learning a foreign
> language. It helps students learn about another culture, enables them to
> cross cultural bounds more easily by appreciating and understanding
> differences and similarities, and develops critical skills of adaptability,
> empathy, communication and relationship building – all of which can be
> applied to any field. Learning a second language also enhances cognitive
> abilities and makes one
> "smarter"<
> http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/opinion/sunday/the-benefits-of-bilingualism.html?_r=1&
> >by
> enhancing math, science and even English language skills. Being able
> to
> speak another language increasingly helps recent graduates get good-paying
> jobs and then advance more rapidly in them.
>
> Research shows that students who begin studying a second language before
> age 13 <http://www.kennethreeds.com/uploads/2/3/3/0/2330615/article.pdf
> >have
> a much greater chance of becoming proficient. Coding, by contrast,
> does not take nearly the same amount of time on task that learning a
> foreign language does and thus does not need to begin so early.
>
> If we want our students to be able to compete in the global marketplace, we
> must insist that they learn how to communicate and interact with others
> around the world. Learning to communicate with a computer can come later.
>
>
> forwarded from nytimes.com
>
>
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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
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> Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
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> Message: 2
> Date: Wed, 14 May 2014 12:03:43 +0100
> From: Dave Sayers <dave.sayers at cantab.net>
> Subject: [lg policy] Language Landscape
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> I don't recall seeing this resource linked on here before, so here goes:
> http://languagelandscape.org/
>
> It was launched in 2011, based on work by students and staff at SOAS. The
> main blurb is:
>
> "Language Landscape is a tool for mapping where languages are spoken
> around the
> world. Click on the markers to hear recordings of languages spoken in
> those locations."
>
> It's clearly still very much in its infancy, but all the more reason to
> spread the
> word and contribute more data (with consent of course).
>
> Dave
>
> --
> Dr. Dave Sayers
> Senior Lecturer, Dept Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
> Honorary Research Fellow, Arts & Humanities, Swansea University, UK
> dave.sayers at cantab.net | http://swansea.academia.edu/DaveSayers
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> Message: 3
> Date: Wed, 14 May 2014 15:18:06 -0000
> From: do-not-reply at courierpostonline.com
> Subject: [lg policy] Harold Schiffman has sent you - Berlin Twp.,
>         police department sued over language barrier - from Courier-Post
> To: lgpolicy-list at groups.sas.upenn.edu
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> Message from: haroldfs at gmail.com
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> Berlin Twp., police department sued over language barrier
>
>  A Spanish-speaking woman arrested in 2012 after she left her two young
> children alone in a car has sued Berlin Township and its police department
> over the alleged lack of a trained translator during the incident.
>
>  Check out this story on courierpostonline.com: http://on.cpsj.com/1glxuV8
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> Message: 4
> Date: Wed, 14 May 2014 08:58:15 -0700 (PDT)
> From: "Abdul Manan ." <rm_manan at yahoo.com>
> Subject: [lg policy] Politics, economics and identity: mapping the
>         linguistic      landscape of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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> Politics, economics and identity: mapping the linguistic landscape of
> Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
>
>
> Syed Abdul Manana*, Maya Khemlani David, Francisco Perlas Dumanig andKhan
> Naqeebullah
>
> (Received 19 January 2013; accepted 8 March 2014)
>
>
> Abstract
>
> This study explores the linguistic landscape of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
> Using photographs as a source of data, the study collects samples from both
> government and private signage from five selected neighbourhoods of the
> city. In addition to photographs, interviews with business owners have been
> conducted and used for triangulation purposes. The data suggest that
> multidimensionality marks the linguistic landscape of the city. The
> multidimensionality is embedded in the complex sociopolitical, economic and
> ethnolinguistic facets and trends the linguistic landscape demonstrates.
> The sociopolitical dimension signifies the officially laid-down monolingual
> Malay-oriented policies, which accentuate compulsory use of the national
> language Malay. Non-compliance to the official version of policy results in
> strict punitive actions. The economic dimension manifests in the prominent
> use of English for its advertising and symbolic potential. Similarly, the
>  ethnolinguistic dimension denotes vitality and identity expressed by the
> Chinese and Indian communities in specific localities. The study argues
> that although the official policy is formulated and implemented with the
> intent of unifying a multiethnic population, discursive defiance to this
> policy at the bottom levels can be triggered by many reasons including
> pragmatism, religion or identity, and such defiance clearly transpires in
> the linguistic and semiotic representation of the signboards.
> Keywords: linguistic landscape; Malaysia; Kuala Lumpur; Malay; Chinese;
> Tamil
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