Monthly Archives: April 2012

Anti-illegal alien website

This anti-illegal alien site contains rants about illegal aliens and compares them to thieves, invaders, etc:  http://www.illegalaliens.us/ Some of the more interesting links on the site include the ‘Illegal Illegals Song’ and ‘Euphemisms.’ Tons of other links to explore as well.

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Glenn Beck on illegal immigration

In the fist 50 seconds of this video, Glenn Beck argues that illegal aliens are just like illegal drugs.The video can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=r79-Za5tj9E (00.00-00.50). If you would like to read a paper analyzing this clip, please contact Hilary Dick dickh@arcadia.edu.

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Sotomayor “You have lots of splainin to do”

“You have lots of ‘splaining to do”…  Senator Tom Corburn (R-Oklahoma) interrupted Supreme Court candidate Sonia Sotomayor’s explanation about gun laws with this phrase, which echoes what Ricky Ricardo used to say to Lucy on the television show “I Love Lucy” … Continue reading

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Politicians’ remarks about Hispanic voters and chimichangas

From Taco- to Chimichanga-Gate * “Insensitive Remarks Know No Party” by Kathleen McKinley,Houston Chronicle (February 18, 2012) http://blog.chron.com/texassparkle/2012/02/insensitive-remarks-knows-no-party/ * “The chimichanga wars” By Dana Milbank,Washington Post (February 17, 2012) http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-chimichanga-wars/2012/02/17/gIQAFEBrJR_story.html * “Friday Talking Points — Milbank’s Unfunny Puns” By Chris … Continue reading

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Glee “The Spanish Teacher” episode

This episode of Glee is all about negotiating the Spanish language in an English-dominant US high school. There are some great examples of indexicality and lines that could be considered Mock Spanish. The episode can be accessed on hulu: http://www.hulu.com/watch/326451/glee-the-spanish-teacher Moments … Continue reading

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Spanish at the Golden Globes

In this clip from the 2012 Golden Globes, the TV series Modern Family is presented with an award, and the legitimacy of Spanish and intelligibility of Spanish speaking actors is negotiated.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b6HG9KTtnQ These are the key moments to look for: … Continue reading

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Gingrich and the language of prosperity

Newt Gingrich argues against bilingual education because English is “the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rF694NzjPU Here is his “apology” in gringo spanish:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=wjHa1JHiHFU

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Attack against Romney for speaking French

Here is an attack ad against Romney linking  his ability to speak French to all kinds of negative character traits. Pair this with the Huntsman ad on this site which shows him speaking Chinese to get students thinking about media portrayals of speaking … Continue reading

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Introductory materials for linguistic anthro

Here are a few materials that work for introductory lectures. “Life In A Day” is a historic film capturing for future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaFVr_cJJIY&feature=watch-now-button&wide=1 “The Anthropology Song” was written … Continue reading

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Star Trek and Wisdom Sits in Places

The Star Trek clip “Darmok” available on you tube complements teaching Basso’s ethnography “Wisdom Sits in Places.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukMNfTnI5M8

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