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Category Archives: Humor
The widely read Skippyjon Jones series of children’s picture books (Schachner 2003) presents Mock Spanish to the preschool set. Lots of material available on the website: http://www.skippyjonjones.com/ My name is Skippito Friskito. I fear not a single bandito. My manners … Continue reading
This is the famous Jimmy Smits SNL skit that Jane Hill talks about in her discussion of Mock Spanish. (you will need to subscribe to Hulu plus to watch the video) http://www.hulu.com/watch/281246/saturday-night-live-enchilada
Black Comedian Steve Harvey compares white and black communication styles. He imitates a white man’s voice at 2:35-4:13. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICsHscXzXw0 (2:35-4:13)
Examples of Mock Asian Margaret Cho http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAmcPS6xoZA&feature=related (8:32-end) Gedde Watanabe (Long Duk Dong) on NPR http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=88591800
On the “Late Show,” David Letterman aired a new segment in 2009 called the “Sonia Sotomayor Pronunciation Round-Up.” The video, found at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/02/lettermans-sonia-sotomayo_n_210264.html shows the myriad ways talking heads and anchors alike have screwed up the name of the would-be Supreme Court … Continue reading
You can use this clip from the George Lopez TV show to analyze code-switching.
Here’s a send up on the ambiguities of “reasonable suspicion” and “illegality” from the Daily Show from May 2011, apropos of Arizona’s immigration law: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-may-6-2010/suspicious-behavior-on-cinco-de-mayo This clip would be great to pair with the Glenn Beck video posted on this site, which is … Continue reading
In this excerpt, Cho talks about race and language: being asked to speak to viewers “in your native language,” being treated like a visiting exchange student, and being the only White person around a bunch of Asians. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kc6mLwOa2Ig This is … Continue reading
In this clip from I Love Lucy, Lucy is intent on teaching her future child to speak “perfect English”, and she criticizes her husband Ricky Ricardo’s English pronunciation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjadbW2ZARg&feature=related [UPDATE 1/23/2016: The clip originally linked to is not available, but see two … Continue reading