Linguistic diversity in social life
Tweets mostly by Ingrid Piller, Distinguished Professor @macquarie_uni
Oct 7, 2021 • 19 tweets • 14 min read
Inga Clendinnen "Dancing with Strangers"
In this thread students @MQLinguistics read Clendinnen's historical #ethnography based on the diaries of the officers of the 1st fleet to learn about #InterculturalCommunication between British colonizers and Sydney's Indigenous people #DancingWithStrangers is a story of confusion and ignorance of #culture#language, aspirations, traditions and #law
One of the most tragic figures is Baneelon, an Australian kidnapped by Governor Phillip and taught English in a desperate attempt to create an intermediary.
Favorite facts about #languages and #cultures in #contact
In #Arabic we say: “Footprints indicate trajectory”, but I never thought that a wheel would reveal a culture. This is how #cultures can be traced through #languages. The reading made me feel like I am solving a puzzle more than exploring languages.
Sep 28, 2020 • 14 tweets • 9 min read
💫10 secrets to #writing fabulous academic assignments ✨
#Literacy is dynamic, continually developing and unfolds in new and unexpected ways. Learning the inception of #writing and its trajectory to the forms we use now has me excited to observe how literacy continues to develop in the future
Listen up, boys and girls, because I'm going to tell you the story of the greatest inventors of all times: the inventors of #writing
Can you imagine a world without writing? No writing on screens, no writing on paper, no writing on stone, no writing on clay tables, nothing ...
To meet the inventors of #writing, we have to travel back in time a few thousand years to the first city states, such as Uruk, in what is today southern Iraq
Their newly emerging complex urban society needed a way to keep records of things like who had paid how much tax
Jul 11, 2020 • 11 tweets • 8 min read
Did you know that Language-on-the-Move has an archive of posts related to #language and #racism?
Our #Top10 favorite posts about language and #race outside the USA, in the thread below 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼
"It takes 10 minutes of sitting on the phone to get an #interpreter, and that’s valuable time when you’re inundated. So this utilitarian calculus kicks in. And the patients that are most mainstream get the best care.”