Monthly Archives: November 2011

Why law school is like prison

In his writing on total institutions — that is, anywhere the inmates work, eat, sleep, and spend their leisure time within the institution — Goffman makes a distinction between some total institutions where the inmates are meant to become more

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Fitting positioning theory into SFL

Reading: van Langenhove & Harré (1999). “Introducing positioning theory.” I’ve been thinking about positioning theory lately in the context of an analysis I’m doing of casual conversation. Van Langenhove and Harré define it this way: in a social interaction, there

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Cross-disciplinary adventures

I’m just back from four days in Pennsylvania showing new speaking and writing test items to students. I got to talk to kids from grades 3–12, have them try out draft test items, and ask them about their opinions of

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Feeling stupid

Related to my last post, this has been going around among my twitter people: Science makes me feel stupid too. It’s just that I’ve gotten used to it. So used to it, in fact, that I actively seek out new

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Maybe I should learn about

Once I was staying in a youth hostel in Florence, Italy, and I met a group of tourists from Brittany. They told me all about the Celtic music festival that they had in their hometown, and invited me to come

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Sharing and enjoying

Reading: O’Halloran, Kay (2000). Classroom discourse in mathematics: A multisemiotic analysis. Linguistics and Education 10(3): 359-388. I got to lead discussion in class today. At one point I told the story of how I first became interested in systemic functional

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Speaker series

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a couple of special events. The first was the annual Brown lecture that AERA puts on to commemorate the anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Ed decision. The speaker was Gloria

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