Linguistics

What is Linguistics

 

Aesthetic as Science of Expression and General Linguistic, by Benedetto Croce

     TRANSLATED FROM THE ITALIAN OF BENEDETTO CROCE BY DOUGLAS AINSLIE B.A. (OXON.)1909
     THE AESTHETIC IS DEDICATED BY THE AUTHOR TO THE MEMORY OF HIS PARENTS PASQUALE AND LUISA SIPARI AND OF HIS SISTER MARIA
   NOTE
    
I give here a close translation of the complete Theory of Aesthetic and in the Historical Summary, with the consent of the author, an abbreviation of the historical portion of the original work.
 

 

University of Natal

    Using scenario planning in language planning research, by  Rodrik Wade

    Abstract

    This paper is premised on the belief that a predictive linguistics could significantly increase the social value of the discipline by satisfying the needs of language policy-makers, politicians, educationalists, and business people, for informed predictions regarding language developments. This would be in line with other disciplines such as economics and politics whose value lies both in their descriptive accuracy and in their claims to provide useful predictive insights.

Language and Belief

    Language adjusts to the world's view and structural aspects of language influence ways of looking at the world.

 

University of California: Berkeley

    Linguistics

 

Stanford Department of Linguistics

    The Stanford University Department of Linguistics is a vibrant center of research and teaching, with 20 faculty members, over 40 graduate students, and a lively undergraduate major.

 

Language Planning Research

    by Rodrik Wade. University of Natal

    Abstract

This paper is premised on the belief that a predictive linguistics could significantly increase the social value of the discipline by satisfying the needs of language policy-makers, politicians, educationalists, and business people, for informed predictions regarding language developments. This would be in line with other disciplines such as economics and politics whose value lies both in their descriptive accuracy and in their claims to provide useful predictive insights.

In order to avoid the charge of being mere speculation, predictive linguistic research, firstly, needs to be grounded in sociolinguistically sound analysis of the situation in question. Secondly, a degree of methodological innovation is needed in order to project this analysis into the future. The first part of this paper outlines one way of projecting possible futures using a scenario planning approach first developed in the fields of economics and management studies.

The second part of this paper demonstrates the application of a predictive linguistic approach using scenarios to the question of what the future status of Black South African English is likely to be relative to Standard South African English. In first describing the current situation, I identify a number factors that influence the status of BSAE and StdSAE, including speaker demographics, the distribution of economic and political power, language and group attitudes, and the broad ideological milieu. These factors are presented in the form of a model that attempts to capture their relationships to one another. Based on this, two scenarios for the future status of BSAE are sketched. The most likely scenario is one in which the status of BSAE rises due to the increasing numbers and status of BSAE speakers. The alternative scenario is one in which StdSAE remains dominant due in part to the emergence of a black StdSAE-speaking elite.

 

 

Educational Gazette

 

The Educational Gazette(EG) is a collaborative, computer-supported House Organ journal published by EMTF. In order to support the process of collaborative work, contributors  with different backgrounds and living in different regions of the world are welcome.

Contributions to EG focus on essays, reviews, debates and interviews about educational issues and their related subjects. It is aimed at keen or studious readers all over the world. Contributions made by representatives of the various fields of knowledge are welcome.

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