Finish writing your final essay, print it out and bring it to class next week. All students must complete this essay to pass this course. Students absent on this day or who fail to give me their final essay will automatically fail the course. We will also read each other’s essays and do some final free writing.
Read each other’s essays. Check for
- Missing words
- Verb forms and tenses
- Subject-verb agreement
- Academic language
- Format (double-spaced, name, date, etc., title, at least a 5-space indent, bibliography) – see the example student essay in your MLA handbook
Comments on Final essays: make sure all the Japanese words are in Roma-ji
Questions. Write yr answers on loose leaf paper:
- “Okinawan is a dialect of Japanese.” Is that statement a fact or an opinion? How can we check it?
- How do dialects differ from a standard language?
Finish writing the first draft of your final paper, print it out and bring it to class next week.
- Yamanami on Immersion Language Programs
- Nishimori on Semiotics
- Does the Immersion Language program really work? What about results? Some people argue it is ineffective and expensive.
- Signs and symbols are used particularly by cults and secret societies. Secret societies want their members to accept THEIR meaning for signs and symbols associated with the society. But signs and symbols do not “mean” anything by themselves.
- Scottish accents: listen to this song “I’m on my way” by the Proclaimers and see what differences in pronunciation you notice between their pronunciation and standard British English. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1yYDuSf3C4[/youtube]. And here’s another one with the lyrics on-screen. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIbf4SDRYeg[/youtube]
- Choose a topic for your final essay and tell me next week (last class before winter vacation)
- Presentations on dialect and accents by
- Kosai and Fukawa
- Kondo and Kamimura
- Short lectures on
- the “r” sound in British English, Scottish English and American English
- Cockney characteristics
- upper-class RP
Videos used today:
Prepare your presentation.
The makeup class (to make up for November 1st’s class) was changed from Saturday Dec. 14th to Wednesday Dec. 18th, 16:45
Here is the presentation schedule for the rest of this semester:
- Nov. 8th (week 8): Ms. Kusano and Ms. Abe
- Nov. 15th (week 9): Ms. Hashimoto M. and Ms. Hashimoto N. on sociolinguistics, and Ms. Takahashi on Semantics.
- Dec. 6th (week 10): Ms. Kamimura, Ms. Kinuta and Ms. Kondo on dialects and accents and “standard language”.
- Dec. 13th (week 11): Ms. Kosai and Ms. Fukawa on dialects and accents and “standard language”.
- Dec. 20th (week 12): Ms. Kashihara and Ms. Takagi on second/foreign language learning
- Jan. 10th (week 13): Ms. Seya on discourse analysis, and Ms. Yamanami on applied linguistics
Two presentations by students:
- on sociolinguistics, by Ms. Kusano
- on pragmatics, by Ms. Abe
- video: black British comic Chris James talks about his culture shock when he visited the U.S.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI38GtWFihY[/youtube]
- video: the opening scene of My Fair Lady (the film of the musical) showing Prof. Higgins’ upper-class accent and Liza’s working-class (London) accent [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypHNkKoJpk4[/youtube]
- video: The King’s Speech (final scene), showing the King’s upper-upper-class British accent [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHY2UzOonig[/youtube]
- some examples of how mismatching of speakers’ expectations can often lead to humour.