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  • Annual MLA Panel Preview

    12/17/2010 11:12:36 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 16, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    At a time when most people pick out pine trees, many English professors make plans to travel to the annual convention of the Modern Language Association. Accuracy in Academia is, as usual, sending a correspondent to cover the event. Nevertheless, we thought that we would share with you what promise to be the most intriguing panels and presentations of the 2011 MLA meeting: o Dickens and Psychoanalysis o Queer Ecology o Literary Autism o Intolerance in Queer Cinema o Queer Studies and the future of the profession o Cultural Studies in Post-Socialist Spaces o Queering Lawrence [D. H.] o Queer...
  • Filipinos sue CA hospital over English-only rule

    12/08/2010 4:21:37 AM PST · by greatdefender · 24 replies
    AP-Yahoo! ^ | December 7, 2010 | AMY TAXIN
    LOS ANGELES – Dozens of Filipino hospital workers in California sued their employer Tuesday alleging they were the sole ethnic group targeted by a rule requiring them to speak only English. The group of 52 nurses and medical staff filed a complaint accusing Delano Regional Medical Center of banning them from speaking Tagalog and other Filipino languages while letting other workers speak Spanish and Hindi. The plaintiffs are seeking to join an August complaint filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Kern County federal court over the hospital's enforcement of a rule requiring workers to speak English. Filipino...
  • Lawrence O’Donnell: Sarah Palin is ruining the English language (Much ado about 'refudiate')

    11/18/2010 12:30:47 PM PST · by WebFocus · 55 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/18/2010 | Cubachi
    If there is something we learned this year, it’s that anything Palin tweets or writes on Facebook becomes international news and the talk of the nation, especially when it comes to politics.Two nights ago on his program, Lawrence O’Donnell decided to rant on New Oxford American Dictionary for their decision to include Sarah Palin’s word “refudiate” into the English language.Palin’s typo in a tweet about the Ground Zero mosque was the talk on twitter. Palin called it “Shakespearean.” The result: she popularized the word and it is now part of the lexicon. New Oxford wrote about their decision: An unquestionable...
  • Oklahoma votes to make English official language

    11/02/2010 8:21:26 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 21 replies
    newsok ^ | November 2, 2010
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma voters have approved a measure requiring that all official state actions be conducted in English. The author of the official English bill, Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, has said that English and the "melting pot" process it makes possible, "has made the United States the most successful multiethnic nation in history." The measure drew opposition from several groups, including the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma, which says the question discriminates against new citizens who want to do business with the state. Read more: http://www.newsok.com/oklahoma-votes-to-make-english-official-language/article/3510663#ixzz14BXQIFsO
  • Vote Aqui (Seriously?)

    10/27/2010 1:50:20 PM PDT · by Envisioning · 33 replies
    me | 10-27-10 | me
    I have been seeing these signs, or ones very similar, at polling places all around the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. Can someone explain this to me? Should you really be able to vote if you don't read english?
  • Property and Language

    10/17/2010 10:23:45 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 6 replies
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  • Did Americans in 1776 have British accents? (Suprising answer)

    10/09/2010 8:08:47 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 182 replies · 5+ views
    Nick Patrick blog via Fark.com ^ | 10/09/2010 | Nick Patrick
    The typical English accent didn't develop until after the Revolutionary War, so Americans actually speak proper English. Here comes the science. Did Americans in 1776 have British accents? Reading David McCulloughÂ’s 1776, I found myself wondering: Did Americans in 1776 have British accents? If so, when did American accents diverge from British accents? The answer surprised me. IÂ’d always assumed that Americans used to have British accents, and that American accents diverged after the Revolutionary War, while British accents remained more or less the same. Americans in 1776 did have British accents in that American accents and British accents hadnÂ’t...
  • If Schools Were Like 'American Idol' . . .

    10/08/2010 1:24:41 PM PDT · by iowamark · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/08/2010 | Rupert Murdoch
    Unless we measure success by how children perform, we'll have higher standards for pop stars than public schools. Over the past few years, I have often complained about a hidebound culture that prevents many newspapers from responding to the challenges of new technology. There is, however, another hidebound American institution that is also finding it difficult to respond to new challenges: our big-city schools. Today, for example, the United States is home to more than 2,000 dysfunctional high schools. They represent less than 15% of American high schools yet account for about half of our dropouts. When you break this...
  • Boston agrees to help non-English-speakers in classroom

    10/01/2010 11:40:45 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | October 1, 2010 | James Vaznis
    About 8,300 students in Boston who are not fluent in English will receive the extra help to which they are legally entitled to overcome their language barriers, under a settlement reached between federal civil rights investigators and the Boston public schools. The agreement, announced this afternoon by local and federal officials, caps off an investigation launched earlier this year by the US departments of education and justice, who were concerned that Boston schools had been denying thousands of students appropriate services to learn English since 2003. The students, starting this school year, now receive specialized instruction in core academic classes,...
  • (Republic of) Georgia begins universal English classes

    09/26/2010 11:18:39 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 28 replies
    alJazeera ^ | Sept. 26, 2010
    Georgia is replacing Russian with English as the country's second language, two years after a major war with Moscow. Two years after the Russia-Georgia war, Tbilisi is aiming to replace Russian with English as the country's second language. English classes have been introduced in public schools across the former Soviet state and the government hopes all children will speak the language by 2014.
  • What Liberals Say vs What they Mean

    09/08/2010 6:51:41 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 3 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 09/08/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Many of us have been raised to think that words mean things. Then there’s Democrats. From those infamous phrases like “It depends on what the definition of what ‘is’ is” of yore to the newfangled “man-caused disasters” of today, Democrats have so abused the English language as to make it completely unrecognizable to Mr. Johnson. Certainly Democrats always upend the English language and warp it to fit their worldview, especially when they are trying to seem like innocents while trying to gain supporters. Perfect examples of this can be seen in Barack Hussein Obama’s turning the war against terror into...
  • Glenn Beck: Obama Let America Dumped Israel In Front Of Iran Nuclear

    09/04/2010 10:07:41 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 41 replies
    You Tube ^ | Glenn Beck
    Glenn Beck: Obama Let America Dumped Israel In Front Of Iran Nuclear
  • In English Courts: Vandalize Property, Say You Thought They Were Making Weapons for Israel,..

    08/31/2010 7:28:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 1+ views
    The Jewish Voice ^ | 8/31/10 | SLR
    On July 24, the secular press in Britain crackled with news that the Jewish community had been aware of for several weeks: At the end of June, a British senior justice, Judge George Bathurst-Norman, virtually instructed a jury to acquit seven protesters who had broken into and vandalized a Brighton factory, even though there was no question they were the culprits. The damage, committed in January 2009, forced the factory, EDO MBM, to shut down for a week and caused about Ł200,000 (almost $314,000) in damage. But at trial the defendants denied they were guilty of any crime. They argued...
  • Death of the published dictionary: Oxford English Dictionary to exist solely online

    08/29/2010 5:09:06 PM PDT · by Stoat · 103 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) / Various ^ | August 29, 2010 | Paul Sims
    It was first published 126 years ago and is respected the world over. But the Oxford English Dictionary will never appear in print again, its owners have announced. Instead, the 80 lexicographers who have been working on the third edition for the past 21 years have been told the fruits of their labour will exist solely online.   The OED has been available on the internet for the past ten years and receives two million hits a month from subscribers who pay Ł205 a year, plus VAT, to access it. Oxford University Press says the dominance of the internet...
  • Cops Ordered to Patrol Home of Geno's Owner, Joey Vento

    08/28/2010 5:04:29 AM PDT · by BobP · 8 replies
    nbcphiladelphia.com ^ | Aug 27, 2010 | KAREN ARAIZA
    Medford police were ordered to patrol Joey Vento's home and that's kicked up a new controversy for the owner of Geno's Steaks in South Philadelphia. Vento's last controversy -- his "order in English" signs -- landed him on the Glenn Beck show and made national headlines. He's been a huge advocate and long-time supporter of veterans and local police. In fact he donated a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to the Medford police department this year and that seems to be the real rub here. The motorcycle and the fact that Vento doesn't even live in Medford. He lives in the neighboring township...
  • Land of 10,000 lakes, and 1 official language?

    08/04/2010 9:37:32 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 8/3/10 | BAIRD HELGESON
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty waded into the national debate over immigration Tuesday, saying that Minnesota should consider making English its official state language. Such a measure could spare governments translation costs, but impose a new level of difficulty on the state's immigrant population. At a news conference outside the governor's residence, Pawlenty said that as the country becomes more diverse, some people might question which language to use in official documents. He said it might be helpful to clarify that the official language is English. Spokesman Bruce Gordon said Pawlenty made the comments when asked about his support for so-called English-only...
  • Globish, Globish everywhere: How English became the world's language

    08/02/2010 1:52:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 5+ views
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | August 1, 2010 | Barbara Julian, Postmedia News
    GLOBISH: How the English Language Became the World’s LanguageBy Robert McCrum Doubleday Canada, 331 pages ($32.95) The word “Globish,” as Robert McCrum uses it in Globish: How the English Language Became the World’s Language, refers to English as spoken internationally by people whose first language is something else. The term was invented by Jean-Paul Nerriere, who sees English as “the worldwide dialect of the third millennium” from his vantage point in international business. (He’s an IBM executive.) English is the language of international trade (a case of “follow the money,” says McCrum) and is spoken (or partly understood) by perhaps...
  • Fury as Israel president claims English are 'anti-semitic'

    07/31/2010 9:50:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 203 replies · 6+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/31/10 | David Harrison and Adrian Blomfield in Jerusalem
    Israel's president has accused the English of being anti-semitic and claimed that MPs pander to Muslim voters. Shimon Peres said England was "deeply pro-Arab ... and anti-Israeli", adding: "They always worked against us." He added: "There is in England a saying that an anti-Semite is someone who hates the Jews more than is necessary." His remarks, made in an interview on a Jewish website, provoked anger from senior MPs and Jewish leaders who said the 87-year-old president had "got it wrong". But other groups backed the former Israeli prime minister and said the number of anti-semitic incidents had risen dramatically...
  • English Is Mandated In Minnesota Small Town

    07/30/2010 9:57:09 AM PDT · by wrrock · 7 replies · 1+ views
    ButAsForMe ^ | 7/30/2010 | ButAsForMe
    New measure in Lino Lakes requires all government public meetings and documents to only be in English. Lino Lakes Minnesota can either be seen as small town America or a suburb of the Twin Cities, and it’s difficult to assess whether this is the start of a new trend or just a reflection of a small community with over 90% of its’ population being white. The measure to require all government public meetiAngs to be held in English and public documents to be only printed in English passed by a 4-1 margin yesterday. Read More...
  • English-only ordinance approved in Lino Lakes, Minn. (Common sense legislation)

    LINO LAKES, Minn. — An English-only ordinance was adopted Monday night by the Lino Lakes City Council in a decision that will bar the Twins Cities suburb from using city money to provide translated copies of many city documents. Council members voted 4-1 in favor of the ordinance during a meeting that attracted about 50 people. Councilwoman Kathi Gallup cast the lone no vote. City Councilman Dave Roeser, the chief proponent, has said the measure was motivated by economics. But no one has ever sought translated documents, and opponents have called it anti-immigrant grandstanding. ..... The measure requires all city...