• The TED Talk: An Academic Crossover Genre?

    by  • April 15, 2014 • 0 Comments

    In recent years, the TED talk has become a distinct and recognizable genre of public speaking.  A dynamic scholar or business leader with a headset mic stands on an illuminated stage in front of the backdrop of a screen.  (The TEDx organization offers concrete guidelines for setting the stage).  The simplicity of the stage...

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    Qualitative Methods Winter Workshop

    by  • January 13, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Join us for the Lang Rhet Winter Workshop, focusing on Qualitative Methods.  Speakers and afternoon workshops include: Lisa Latucca, Conduting a pilot study Megan Sweeney, Researcher ethics Mary Schleppegrell,  Using SFL to conduct discourse analysis RSVP at https://docs.google.com/a/umich.edu/forms/d/109z9eCQHSg7P9JfykMtcDNEsgJs6t_v6ADMhOHGVwyU/viewform by January 13th, 4:00 PM.

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    Lang Rhet Biennial Conference Keynote Address

    by  • November 7, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Join us for a plenary address to open our biennial graduate student conference, “Making Meaning:  Language, Rhetoric, and Enculturation.”  This year, we’re delighted to be hosting Shirley Brice Heath, Margery Bailey Professor of English and Dramatic Literature and Professor of Linguistics, Emerita at Stanford University. Professor Heath will be presenting a talk entitled Lots of...

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    Language on Trial: The Case of George Zimmerman

    by  • October 17, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The Language and Rhetorical Studies Interdisciplinary Workshop invites you to attend an informal, Hot Topics discussion entitled Language on Trial: The Case of George Zimmerman. Date:  Friday, October 18 Time: 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Location: 3222 Angell Hall We’ll talk with English Professor Anne Curzan about language ideology in the George Zimmerman case. In...

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    RSA 2014 Proposals Due July 1

    by  • June 12, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Hey everyone!  Just a quick reminder that proposals for the 2014 Rhetoric Society of America Conference are due on July 1, 2013.  This year’s theme, “Beyond Borders” promises to be intellectually productive, and what better place to think about borders than the beautiful and historically contested city of San Antonio, TX! The call for...

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    New Language Blog

    by  • April 14, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Some of you may be interested to know that last week, National Public Radio launched a new language blog called “Code Switch: Frontiers of Race, Culture, and   Ethnicity.”  Over the last few days, headlines have ranged from “How Code-Switching Explains The World” to  ”Six Moments Of Code-Switching In Popular Culture.”  Topics have included discussions...

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    What makes a good meme?

    by  • October 24, 2012 • 0 Comments

    Do you have a favorite Feminist Ryan Gosling?  Do you seek out encouragement from Academic Tim Gunn?  If so, you may love memes as much as I do.  Between Binders Full of Women and Horses and Bayonets, it’s been a good election season for memes! But what is a meme, and what makes for a...

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    Opening Reception

    by  • October 16, 2012 • 0 Comments

    Join LangRhet for our annual kick-off event:  ”Take 5:  An Introduction to LangRhet” October 19, 2012  12:00-1:00 PM Angell Hall 3222 Join us for a lunch time reception featuring 5-minute presentations by Robin Queen (Linguistics) Melanie Yergeau (English) John Swales (English Language Institute) Sarah Swofford (English and Education) Shelly Swearingen (English Ed/Women’s Studies) Join...

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    Crowdsourcing the OED

    by  • October 10, 2012 • 0 Comments

      Today the Oxford English Dictionary announced its modern take on the Banbury Road Scriptorium:  the OED Appeals page.  If you’re not familiar with the the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary, it makes for a great story, and I’d highly recommend you check out The Professor and the Madman (you know, in your spare...

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