Monthly Archives: March 2012

Deixis

“My Mom’s Name is Jean?”: Discussion of deixis- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmN1UsoZRkg Suriya’s Aircel Ads (first two only): silly lead-in to deixis- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBK3ZcGrYHU&feature=autoplay&list=PL0A2BFF294A1ACC18&lf=plpp_video&playnext=1

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Why do I need subtitles?

“Why do I need subtitles”: Politics of translation- This comic sketch comments on how people judge linguistic comprehensibility based on the appearance of the person speaking. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN666q3ptAU

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Markedness and racism

Kumail Nanjiani – “Racists”: Discussion of markedness- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVBXn-owyAE&feature=bf_prev&list=PLC41A1610BAFF90CE&lf=mh_lolz

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Hello in Indian

Russell Peters sketch “Hello in Indian”: Applies to pragmatics/ translation- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQqzROAZZQ0&feature=BFa&list=PLC41A1610BAFF90CE&lf=mh_lolz

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English Only movement in the United States

Here is a youtube playlist that features clips concerning the English-Only movement here in the United States: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEPh_KlTyII&list=PL50C040C00C62A056&index=1&feature=plpp_video Included are some of the more noteworthy commercials, legislative proceedings and even songs about ‘English-Only.’  There are also a few titles in … Continue reading

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Yellow Peril Political Ads: China as a threat to the US

This political ad features an imagined lecture, in Beijing in 2030 in Mandarin (e.g. after the Chinese have trounced the US) complete with evil ha ha ha chuckle. It was shown both during the 2010 midterm elections and during the 2012 … Continue reading

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Yellow Peril Political Ads: Jon Hunstman

This is an ad from New Hampshire which features shots of Jon Huntsman speaking Mandarin and asking questions like “the Manchurian candidate. What’s he hiding?” “American values? or Chinese?”, accuses him of miscegenation, and other things. Click here to play the … Continue reading

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Yellow Peril Political Ads: Peter Hoekstra

Republican Peter Hoekstra, candidate for US Senate, made a campaign video/mock website with an Asian American doing some Mock Asian (“Your economy get very weak,ours get very good”) and other “Chinese” iconography. click here for the website: http://ww.angryasianman.com/debbiespenditnow/ click here for the … Continue reading

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Reference and Relativity

Sketch from “A Bit of Frye and Laurie” useful for discussing reference and as a lead-in to linguistic relativity,

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