Date: Thu, 11 May 1995 15:04:58 -0500
From: "Timothy C. Frazer" mftcf[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UXA.ECN.BGU.EDU
Subject: Re: Intro
20 years ago I used to teach Intro to Linguistics to English majors
right out of the texts, which were mostly, it seemed to me, aimed at
Linguistics majors. (Fromkin and Rodman may be an exception, but the last
time I looked it was too broad, too thin and too cutesey).
AFter a near-rebellion about 10 years ago, I abandoned teaching Intro and
developed a sociolinguistics course which would work without a
standard Introduction to Linguistics. We cover a lot of the same stuff
Dan Alford does. I focus on language and power, on selections of
standards as an extension of that power. I used Chaika (now in 3rd ed.)
with a lot of editorializing. I also used some films form The Story of
Language, altho not without some caution since a lot of that is
badly-informed journalistic stuff.
I also use Tannen and Kochmann's "Black and White Styles. . . ." And I
do dialects from this part of the midwest, with emphasis on how Inalnd
Northern became a defacto standard. For the latter, I have often used
Tom Murray's special issue of Kansas Quarterly from 1990, _Language and
Dialects of the Plains_.
I plan to revise for the Fall cause the repetition is getting to me.
I may use the Milroys' "authority in language" but I haven't read it
yet. I may use excerpts from Verdelle's _The Good Negress_ but I haven't
read it yet, either ( a novel about language variaton). I once used
Carkeet's novel "The Final Catastrophe" about a linguist who becomes
a marriage fixer, but the kids didn't like it like I did. I use a lot of
videos cause I am sort of a film buff.
I would like to write my own text, aimed at the particular thingsI focus