End of ADS-L Digest - 7 Dec 1997 to 8 Dec 1997 ********************************************** Subject: ADS-L Digest - 8 Dec 1997 to 9 Dec 1997 There are 26 messages totalling 970 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Posts and Getting Along 2. Hudson Valley -- some questions from a nonprofessional 3. ADS-L; Hazard; Legal Sharks; Linguistics Dictionary; Dog Names (2) 4. Posts from non-professionals (2) 5. Taffy (2) 6. Morris's Word and Phrase Origins 7. Openness (3) 8. FAQ? 9. RE>FAQ? (2) 10. Usageasters: mea culpa 11. Publishing our journals 12. FAQ/Welcome 13. The list; FAQ (3) 14. SALSA conference 15. SALSA 16. ADS-L Archive Search 17. Gravegate; Judas Q. Priest; Sidewalk Santas; Glass Ceiling, YAP(Yuppie) 18. Interdepartmental Degree Programs in Linguistics ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 8 Dec 1997 23:58:48 -0500 From: TERRY IRONS Subject: Posts and Getting Along ADS-L was created as a forum for discussing and furthering the interests and goals of the American Dialect Society. To make short shrift of the questions raised in recent posts, which were discussed long before Jesse or I became the list-owners, it is not in the best interests of ADS-L to moderate discussion or to limit participation to dues paying members of ADS. Either option amounts to censoring the variation in speech and language that we say we aim to describe. To pursue an example, the language that Steve, one of my students, used in his comments about AAVE was no less rude than some of the replies to his remarks. But the "professionals" took offense. The result is that you have silenced his voice. But perhaps you professionals need to know what voice you have silenced. Steve is a black american from Mississipi. He finds the concept of African-American to be objectionable. He is not from Africa, and there is no cultural heritage from Africa that informs or defines who he is. Steve found the comments of the so-called white male professionals about the language that he and his family speak everyday to be *crap* and he said so. Perhaps he did not follow some concept of "netiquette" in so doing. Is that a reason to deny the truth of what he had to say? Was that an excuse for being rude to him? Several of my students were excited about examining language variation. The attitude expressed by some members of this list has destroyed entirely their enthusiasm and opportunities have been lost. Everything Jody wrote rings true with me. We need to live with each other and accept ourselves as we are. What else is there? Virtually, Terry (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*) Terry Lynn Irons t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]morehead-st.edu Voice Mail: (606) 783-5164 Snail Mail: UPO 604 Morehead, KY 40351 (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)