Defamiliarization and Wonder

Today in Tricia's demo we were invited to express a simple mathematical equation in words. Many of the groups wrote word problems and our group wrote a description of the communicative property. Some groups even drew pictures. As many of us spend less time working with math rather than other areas, this activity forced us … Continue reading Defamiliarization and Wonder

Linguistic Accountability in Mad Men

I've seen several episodes of Mad Men, a show about Madison Avenue life in the 1960s, and been impressed with the extent to which the show evokes a historical period. The attention to the detail in furnishings and wardrobe is superb, but I hadn't given much thought to language and speech patterns in the show … Continue reading Linguistic Accountability in Mad Men