Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Domestic Slave Migrations and Ensuing Language and Dialect Contact in the Southeast
Dr. Michael D. Picone – Emeritus Professor of French and Linguistics, The University of Alabama
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Beginning with the dialect writing of Missouri-bred author Kate Chopin, this presentation will examine the 19th-century shift from French to English in the Mississippi Valley, with special emphasis on the role of the underclass due to domestic slave migrations and will conclude with examination of dialect contact between varieties of English (including English-based Gullah) among African Americans in various locations in the Gulf South due to the same migratory dynamic.
Teacher Perspectives on Educating English Learners during the Pandemics
Dr. Andrea B. Hellman – Associate Professor, Linguistics-TESOL, Missouri State University
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
When schools implemented emergency plans for instructing students during the pandemic emergency, all groups of students were not impacted equally. The presenter reports on a study that explored teachers’ experiences with how English learner families were served after schools closed for face-to-face instruction in spring 2020. The goal of the study was to identify takeaways for creating instructional plans for emergency situations that are suitable for English learners and make it feasible for them to continue learning both grade-level content and language remotely. The findings indicated that a large segment of English learners lost their access to schooling due to a lack of planning for their specific needs. Participants will discuss a proposed action plan for recovering equity in education for language minority students.
The Missouri State University Linguistics Colloquium Series is sponsored by the Missouri State University Linguistics Program.