5 blog postings – 50%, 10% each

  • Transcription exercise: described here.
  • Chaucer database exercise: write a blog post reflecting on using the Chaucer database; choose two of Lerer’s examples of Chaucerian language and look for them in the database (vocabulary from Romance languages, 72; inversion of verb/object, 75; multiplied negation, 75; use of singular/plural, formal/informal pronouns, 76; alliterative pairings, 77)
  • Lexicography exercise: described here.
  • Translation conference summary: Attend the 150th anniversary of Arabic Protestant Bible Conference and write a blog posting.  Program here. You can attend any ONE of the lectures or sessions and/or the exhibition (Beirut or Mansourieh).  Please comment on the historical language rather than the religious aspect. You might compare to our discussions earlier of Chaucer, Caxton, the KJV, the Wycliffe Bible.
  • Wildcard project:  I would like you to pick one topic related to the history of English you have not written about elsewhere in your blogs.  You can use the list of topics as a place to go looking for them.  Choose only one topic or combine two topics.  This will be in the form of a long blog posting, but your sources should include 3-5 quality websites.   It should be synthetic in nature, about 300 words and should include citations (page numbers for the article), appropriate cited images and links.  Check with me about the topic if you are concerned about its appropriateness.

2 In-class responses (based on readings) 10%

Attendance and Participation 10%

Data reflection 10%:  Make a map of your contribution.  You might compare it with the contributions of others, or groups of other classmaters.  Please use avatars, not names.  In about 250 words, please reflect on what you tended to collect for the map project, what difficulties you had in tagging the data, the kinds of patterns in your own data.

Data contribution and final map project 20%: (15% analysis, 5% data collection- with extra credit for exceptional collection) (page in your WordPress):

Tips for data collection can be found here.
Information for making your maps can be found here.

This posting should be about 500 words and include citations from articles/books read in the class.  You should include insights you took from at least one of the four articles for the map project found at the bottom of this page.  Your map project should include at least three maps you have built from the common dataset that help support the claims you are making about the map project as a whole.

Your map analysis should be extensive.

  • How do the Lebanese use written language in the “linguistic landscape”?
  • What patterns do you find in usage?
  • What kinds of information would you like to know more about?  What can such a project not tell us?
  • What kinds of usage is spatially significant?  Where do you find that?
  • What about those neighborhoods might help us understand this usage?
  • Is the written language you found an “eye dialect” (Lerer ch 6) or is there much more variance involved?
  • Lerer claims “it is impossible to see the variation in our speech as simply a matter of geography” (203).  What do you think about written language when you study the data of this project?
  • What did you learn from this assignment?

-revised as per class agreement 9 November 2015