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Trump’s rhetoric: a triumph of inarticulacy | US news ‘It’s all fake news, it’s phoney stuff – it didn’t happen … I think we have one of the great cabinets ever put together … Don’t be rude. Don’t be rude. Don’t. Be. Public oratory has been at the centre of the American project from the time of its founders. So what does this augur for the public face of his administration? 1) Trump uses a pretty small working vocabulary. 2) His syntax, spelling and punctuation are – in conventional terms – a catastrophe. 3) The workhorses of his rhetoric are charged but empty adjectives and adverbs. All of those qualities, though they invite sneers, have something to be said for them as communicative strategies. Simple (or absent) grammatical structures leave the audience with nothing so taxing as a train of thought: rather, a random collage of emotive terms, repeated for emphasis. Trump’s plain style is unvarying, though, and that’s a key part of his ethos, or how he projects himself to his public. To many of us, that looks like a failing.

Sentence first blog about the English language. Language in Use These pages are written by Duncan Grey. Materials or suggestions? Want something on English you can't find here? write to Duncan. Students wanting to acknowledge reference to this site should use Harvard notation as follows: GREY, D S., 2012. Extracts from this site have been used not only in classroom worldwide but also by English examination boards, ESL textbooks in Greece, Quebec and Nunavut, Canada. "I would just like to thank you for all your hard work on ‘putlearningfirst.com’. "We love your article. "I just love what you write. ... I think, in your website, I have just discovered a goldmine!

All Things Linguistic Princess, love, girl – when is a term of endearment not welcome? | Rebecca Nicholson When I think of Paul Hollywood, TV’s floury-haired fox and staunch upholder of a strong crumb, I think of a man who only ever seems to be one pint of bitter away from turning into your dad hitting the dancefloor at the end of a very long wedding. The Bake Off judge has been all over the tabloids this week – happily, not for wearing a Nazi uniform as fancy dress this time (it was an ’Allo ’Allo!-themed night and he’s sorry, OK) – but it was one particular answer in one particular interview that raised the bristles on my broad, lefty, feminista chest. You’ll remember that when the Bake Off moved to Channel 4, Hollywood was the only original host to stay with the programme, and for a while, he says, this made him the most hated man in the country. The girls! But it made me think of the countless times I’ve been called a “girl” or one of the “girls” by an older man – and it usually is an older man – and the point in my life at which it started to bother me.

Jean Lave, Etienne Wenger and communities of practice contents: introduction · communities of practice · legitimate peripheral participation and situated learning · learning organizations and learning communities · conclusion · references · links · how to cite this article Many of the ways we have of talking about learning and education are based on the assumption that learning is something that individuals do. Furthermore, we often assume that learning ‘has a beginning and an end; that it is best separated from the rest of our activities; and that it is the result of teaching’ (Wenger 1998: 3). But how would things look if we took a different track? Supposing learning is social and comes largely from of our experience of participating in daily life? It was this thought that formed the basis of a significant rethinking of learning theory in the late 1980s and early 1990s by two researchers from very different disciplines – Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger. Communities of practice The characteristics of such communities of practice vary.

Insults by Shakespeare The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company is a music theatre production company founded by MOBO-award winning hip-hop artist Kingslee “Akala” Daley, 25. Based in London, THSC offers young people a different view of the arts and ultimately themselves. Through our education programmes, live music events and music theatre productions we engage young people, particularly those who are considered “hard to reach” and push them toward artistic excellence. By bridging music, theatre and performing arts in non-conventional venues we also strive to alter the perceptions of audiences of all ages, creating the ultimate entertainment experience via literature and the arts across the UK and beyond. This year brings the launch of new and exciting additions to THSC: the announcement of our THSC Artist Associate and Peer Leader programme - watch this space! Sarah Swann loves to insult her students - just as long as it is in the words of the Bard. Shake it up with some of your own Shakespearean insults.

language: a feminist guide Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants? | Global Development Professionals Network In the lexicon of human migration there are still hierarchical words, created with the purpose of putting white people above everyone else. One of those remnants is the word “expat”. What is an expat? And who is an expat? According to Wikipedia, “an expatriate (often shortened to expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than that of the person’s upbringing. The word comes from the Latin terms ex (‘out of’) and patria (‘country, fatherland’)”. Defined that way, you should expect that any person going to work outside of his or her country for a period of time would be an expat, regardless of his skin colour or country. Africans are immigrants. Don’t take my word for it. The reality is the same in Africa and Europe. Most white people deny that they enjoy the privileges of a racist system. Mawuna Remarque Koutonin is the editor of SiliconAfrica.com, where this blog was first published. Join our community of development professionals and humanitarians.

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