Linguistics Fun and Teaching

I have been using some of my free time lately to go back over the capstone paper that I wrote for my undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University.  My degree is in German Linguistics, and the paper was titled, Using Explicit Linguistic Instruction to Improve the Teaching of German as a Foreign Language, sounds fun, … Continue reading Linguistics Fun and Teaching

Conference Presentation, take two: On German Linguistics

Last October I had an opportunity to present a paper at BYU's conference on Literature and Belief.  That was my first experience in academia, presenting at a conference, being a real scholar.   Next week I have the chance to do it again. The Utah Foreign Language Association (UFLA) conference is being held at Utah … Continue reading Conference Presentation, take two: On German Linguistics

Mormons and Language Learning

I remember an experience I had in my High School German class.  There were some recruiters from the Army Language School that came and gave a presentation to the foreign language classes at my high school, trying to encourage us to learn a foreign language and show us the benefit and possible careers we could … Continue reading Mormons and Language Learning

The sad decline of foreign language programs

I read a very sad news article today.  Well, sad only to linguists and Germanophiles like me, probably.  The Saddleback Valley Unified School District in California has become the latest in a long list of school districts to seriously cut back their foreign language program, eliminating their German program completely. The article states, "According to … Continue reading The sad decline of foreign language programs

Historical Linguistics, or I am a huge nerd!

I was reading a text yesterday in both English and German and I came across a word that I have never understood completely in English: withstand.   It would seem, from looking at the word, that it would mean "to stand with", but actually, according to Dictionary.com, it means "to offer strong resistance or opposition … Continue reading Historical Linguistics, or I am a huge nerd!

What I’m working on.

As I mentioned before, I have been busy. First:  I have finished writing up my paper about the Plan of Salvation and the Monomyth.  I have submitted it to Literature and Belief.  If you would like to read it, here it is: Plan of Salvation as Archetype of the Monomyth.  We'll see if it gets published. … Continue reading What I’m working on.

The Importance of Language

I am in a very interesting linguistics class right now, The History of the Germanic Language.  We are studying how languages change, specifically how the Germanic languages have changed and developed over time.  Currently we are talking about reconstruction of languages - looking at similar languages we can reconstruct the older, shared language from which they … Continue reading The Importance of Language