Hello Code-Switching Group!
- Hello to the Group!
I have joined the group and will be interested in your exchanges.
I am currently a dean at Hocking College, a two-year technical
college in the southeast, Appalachian region of Ohio. But I am
shifting to a new career, to make full use of my communication
degree and my interests in research and educational development at
all levels and in other settings. Since 1996, I have been fortunate to
have been part of several African education development and
research projects in Namibia, South Africa, Uganda and Lesotho.
I visited rural schools, interviewed teachers,
observed kids learning, often in the simplest, most traditional
of classrooms. This has rekindled my interest in understanding
core communication processes, in education and other contexts, and
looking at the ways language and interpersonal actions are used by
groups to construct symbolic representations of highly personal or
abstract concepts, or create linguistic "short-cuts" for more complex
concepts. Certain uses of metaphor by groups I've observed do this.
So, I am curious to learn from your work and discussions how
code-switching fits into this picture. Thanks for your ideas in advance!
- Thank you for the e-card of Tanabata. That was cute.
As I said, both Per and I are prepared for the humidity and heat.
So please don't worry. I'm more afraid of Kuu.
See you soon!