This panel celebrates International Mother Language Day, designated by the UNESCO (https://www.un.org/en/observances/mother-language-day) to recognize the importance of mother languages and linguistic diversity. The panel features graduate students who are mother tongue speakers of minority and indigenous languages. FLRT is a co-sponsored of this event, along withe T&L’s DECo and EHE’s EDGE Office.
The 2021/4th FLRT symposium will take place virtually on Friday, January 29, 10 am-5:10 pm (EST). We are very fortunate to have Dr. Deborah Crusan, Professor of TESOL/Applied Linguistics at Wright State University, for a 30-minute live talk, ‘Writing Assessment Literacy: A Necessity in Good Writing Pedagogy’, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. We will have 10 graduate student presentations, scheduled between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.(EST) or 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. (EST). Dr. Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm will give the welcome and opening remarks, and I will give the closing ones. More detailed information about the symposium (e.g., agenda, professor bios, presentation abstracts, and Zoom link) can be found on the FLRT website.
A new publication based on my research with Monique Mills (U of Houston) is out! Perceptions of Black Children’s Narrative Language: A Mixed-Methods Study reports on our mixed-methods study, which addressed two aims. First, we examine the impact of language variation on the ratings of children’s narrative language. Second, we identify participants’ ideologies related to narrative language and language variation. The article is part of a special issue of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, Serving African American English Speakers in Schools Through Interprofessional Education & Practice. You can listen to guest editor Monique Mills talk about the issue and the development of strategies for speakers of African American English.
The American Anthropological Association is holding a virtual conference this year, Raising Our Voices 2020. With Monique Mills (U of Houston), I have a virtual poster, ‘People aren’t going to tell stories in the same way’: A mixed-methods study of adult perceptions of Black children’s narrative language. This poster reports on a mixed-methods study of adults’ perceptions of Black children’s narrative language conducted by a linguistic anthropologist and a speech and hearing sciences researcher.
Check out the new videos from ¡Aquí se habla español!: Public Outreach at COSI in Spanish on the COSI Connects website. The videos are products of the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme Community Engagement Grant I have with Anna Babel (Spanish & Portuguese), Kathryn Campbell-Kibler (Linguistics), and Laura Wagner (Psychology). The videos were created by our amazing graduate research associates, Luana Lamberti and Shawntel Barreiro. COSI Connects is COSI’s Digital Doorway for fun at-home science discovery and learning. COSI is providing exciting and engaging science through COSI videos and hands-on science you can try with your family at home.
The 2020 Summer Linguistic Institute for Youth Scholars 2020 adapted to COVID19 by becoming Virtual SLIYS 2020. SLIYS is a weeklong summer language program for high school and pre-college students organized by the Department of Linguistics. Participants explore how language works on many levels in order to develop greater linguistic awareness and the ability to think critically about language. This summer 4 sections of SLIYS were offered, two of SLIYS 1 and two of SLIYS 2. Along with colleagues from other subfields of linguistics, I was a guest speaker.
OSU’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion has created a webinar, ‘Pronouns: What They Are and Why They Matter‘. The webinar addresses the increasing frequency in people sharing their pronouns in introductions and/or email signatures and explains what it means and why people are doing this. This pre-recorded webinar was created and presented by diversity educators Lena Tenney of the Kirwan Institute and Leo Taylor of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
The Language Pod is trying out a new kind of citizen science where the public can help us design, run, and analyze a whole language science experiment from start to finish. We’ve adapted some of our demos, along with new ideas, into fun games and things on the site, too. We’d love to have any and all of you participating if you’d be interested! Check it out at BLNDIY Citizen Science https://u.osu.edu/blndiy/
The 3rd Graduate Student Symposium for Foreign Language Research and Teaching is Friday, January 31, 2020, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm in the Barbie Tootle Room in the Ohio Union. The first part of the morning is a session on the application of theory in pedagogical practice (a ‘teaching tips’ rotation session to be presented at AAAL 2020). Next is a panel discussion on the coordination of language programs, with a focus on how theory and research inform practice. The panelists are Drs. Ivan Stefano, Larysa Stepanova, Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm, and Wynne Wong. The afternoon session is dedicated to graduate student presentations.
Anna Babel (Spanish & Portuguese), Kathryn Campbell-Kibler (Linguistics), Laura Wagner (Psychology) and I have been awarded a Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme Community Engagement Grant ($58,000). We have 3 project goals for ¡Aquí se habla español!: Public Outreach at COSI in Spanish: (1) develop a set of language science activities that both feature the Spanish language as their subject matter and also can be conducted in Spanish, (2) integrate these activities into the public outreach efforts of the Language Sciences Research Lab at COSI, and (3) create the infrastructure to ensure that the activities continue to be used past the end of the project.