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  •  I got my degree on Linguistics when the field was (2+ / 0-)
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    Free Jazz at High Noon, alevei

    in its infancy. (1968 & 1969) I got a job teaching ESL, but whenever I told someone I taught English, they invariably said they would be afraid to speak in case they made an error. Then I would have to explain that we taught the language as it is spoken. I do have to admit,  however, that "their/they're/there" etc. drive me nuts, but I've always been terrible with commas.

    And it was fun to see Ronald Wardaugh in your footnote. One of my favorite classes was the one he taught about different practical fields (teaching ESL, child language learning, reading, etc.) I remember I babysat for his kids a couple times and he wrote me a wonderful recommendation about how I drove from Detroit to Ann Arbor in the snow to make his 8 AM class. In addition to an interesting diary, thanks for bringing up the memories ;)

    •  That is so cool, Lorikeet! (0+ / 0-)

      Wardhaugh's Intro to Sociolinguistics text was one of my gateway drugs into language variation studies way back in the day, but these days, Proper English is my favorite of his. I would have loved to take a class with him! Did you go to U of M?

      Also, this:

      whenever I told someone I taught English, they invariably said they would be afraid to speak in case they made an error.
      YES! I always respond that I love how people talk and love language variation and think it would be a much less interesting world if everyone talked the same way. For all the good it does. Language consciousness is a powerful thing.

      Thanks so much for your comments!

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