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April 10, 2014 / andreasterzuk

Spring has been busy

In March, I was in Portland for AAAL 2014 to give a paper. I saw a number of talks that I really enjoyed. In particular, I saw a paper from Maris Thompson on citizenship and German Americans that I really loved. I saw a really great paper from Brianne Nelson and Greta Vollmer that used discourse analysis to examine 911 calls from Spanish-speakers. That made me think of incidents like this that pop up in the newspaper every so often. How does accent/language affect response time? I also really enjoyed a presentation by Sebastian Muth on the commodification of Russian in Lithuania. Aneta Pavlenko and Monica Heller were both present at that session and the discussion was very interesting.

After I returned to Regina, I left again to spend a few days at the University of Lethbridge.  I met with members of the Language Development, Identity, Assessment Group and gave a lecture on the topic of pathologizing language difference in settler schools.  I was fortunate enough to be presenting along with Sharla Peltier who talked about her work in “facilitating language and literacy learning for students with Aboriginal English dialects.” I really enjoyed this experience. I’m posting a few pictures from the lecture and of the group.


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  1. Jun / Apr 29 2014 8:11 pm

    Hi Andrea, you really had a busy spring time. Having been a long time since last visit to your website. Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience. I am going to read some articles written by the authors you mentioned in your blog. I hope I can benefit from their insights, too. Hope everything continues going on well with you! By the way, I like your new hair style:) (I think it’s different from last year)

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