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Films to show in class

Here are some films that people on the linganth list have mentioned as good to show in class: Mickey Mouse Monopoly (good with Lippi-Green): http://www.mediaed.org/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=112 Multilingual Hong Kong http://www.foryue.org/ The Linguists http://www.thelinguists.com/ Voices of North Carolina http://ncsu.edu/linguistics/talkingnc/products/voicesofnc.php Speaking in Tongues http://speakingintonguesfilm.info/ Pidgin: The Voice of … Continue reading

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George Lopez and code-switching

You can use this clip from the George Lopez TV show to analyze code-switching.

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Perfect English in I Love Lucy

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

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Rob Gronkowski “Yo soy fiesta”

In this interview for ESPN Deportes, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski attempts to speak some Spanish and ends the interview by saying, “Yo soy fiesta” (I am party). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0jne_g5IO4 Two Sports Hub radio announcers created this youtube party anthem inspired … 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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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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