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Value, respect, liking, and acceptance

For unless the teacher values, respects, likes, and accepts him/herself, he or she cannot reach out to value, respect, like, and accept the students; unless the teacher has a high opinion of him/herself, he or she cannot have a high opinion of the students; unless a teacher is sensitive to him/herself, he or she cannot …

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It takes a village

It takes a village to raise a child. Dear All, The proverb above concerns upbringing of a child and means that in order to raise a child properly, it is necessary to apply efforts of many people. This proverb is also applicable to research, particularly to writing a dissertation. In order to write a proper …

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Work joyfully and peacefully

Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results (James Allen). Dear All, Taking a course at a university or doing research rarely yields anticipated results straight away. This may lead to disappointment and even cessation of work. The quote above by James Allen is right encouragement …

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Salt

Dear All, What do we know about salt from the linguistic perspective and in general? According to Oxford Dictionary the origin of the word “salt” can be traced to: “Old English sealt (noun), sealtan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zout and German Salz (nouns), from an Indo-European root shared by Latin sal, Greek …

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The biggest luxury

The biggest luxury is the luxury of human communication. Dear All: Have you ever dialed a phone number trying to reach a particular service and instead of a person you heard a recorded voice asking you to make a selection as to what you would like to do next? Most of us have, probably, had …

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Hide not your talents

Hide not your talents, they for use were made, what good is a sundial in the shade (Franklin)? Dear All, Each of us has a talent or a set of talents. The quote above by Franklin underlines the importance of using our talents. This is perfectly applicable in the the sphere of education. Do you …

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Set aside mornings for work

A person who has not done one half his day’s work by ten o’clock, runs a chance of leaving the other half undone (Emily Bronte). Dear All, The quote about by English novelist and poet Emily Bronte points at the importance of fulfilling the duties as early during the day as possible. In my opinion …

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Educating the mind

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all (Aristotle). Dear All, It is not uncommon to hear some students complaining about the necessity to take courses which are only indirectly related to their area of specialization instead of focusing on their majors or minors. The quote above by Aristotle underlines the …

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We are what we repeatedly do

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit (Aristotle). Dear All, Have you ever seen and marvelled at a person performing breakdancing: hand hops, head spins, crickets, windmills, flares, air tracks, turtles, hand glides, halos, elbow spins, etc.? I totally enjoy watching people showing this art. Interestingly, they …

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Technique to advance education

Nothing so furthers education as loving and being loved (St. John Crysostom). Dear All, Have you ever taught to a big class of students? Have you managed to show your appreciation to each of them? Impossible? Well, that’s the art of teaching. There are many techniques to advance education. Audio-visual aids, for example, is one …

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Nine tenths of education is encouragement

Nine tenths of education is encouragement (Anatole France). Dear All, This quote by Anatole France underlines the importance of encouragement in education. Certainly, encouragement advances education and improves information retention, but what is the way to encourage students? In fact, there are many ways. Some of them are: 1) show respect to your students by …

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Explore. Dream. Discover.

20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds into your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover (Mark Twain). Dear All, Whatever we study, whenever we conduct …

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By working faithfully

By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day (Robert Frost). Dear All, The saying above by the famous American poet is, certainly, a joke. However, there is a share of truth in every joke. Specifically, this joke underlines that with the growth …

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As the tongue speaketh to the ear

As the tongue speaketh* to the ear, so the gesture speaketh to the eye (Bacon, 1605/2001, Book II, IX, p. 2). Dear All,We are so used to words that sometimes we may overlook nonverbal means of communication. The quote above by famous naturalist Sir Francis Bacon point at the importance of gestures. Indeed, the number …

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Good ethnographic technique

[…] one good ethnographic technique for getting at speech events, as at other categories, is through words which name them (Hymes, 1962, p. 110). According to Hymes (1962), it is possible to get at speech events through the analysis of words used to name them. In other words, by analyzing the words and expressions as …

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Simplicity is …

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication (Leonardo da Vinci). In my opinion, there is always, or at least should be, a place for simplicity in research and instruction. The research that is simple is accessible to our colleagues (researchers) and to other people. By making our research simple, we allow it to have a bigger impact: …

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Kindness is …

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see (Mark Twain). In my opinion, this quote is applicable to education. A kind and supporting instructor can teach much more effectively than a strict or detached one. For example, it is always pleasant to go to classes to a kind professor …

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“An elaborate and secret code”

[W]e respond to gestures with an extreme alertness and, one might almost say, in accordance with an elaborate and secret code that is written nowhere, known by none, and understood by all (Sapir, 1927, p. 556). This apt quote by Sapir (1927) points at two important characteristic features of gestures (1) our acute ability to …

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Curiosity is …

Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only that the cat died nobly. – Arnold Edinborough I believe that curiosity is important in linguistics because it often leads to new discoveries. Moreover, students who are interested in linguistics are much more likely to …

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Pragmatics

even the most committed present-day student of pragmatics is as likely as his predecessors to be unsure of the extent of this subject and to be confused by the different approaches to and frameworks within pragmatics (Cummings, 2005). It is my hope that the Pragmatics section of the blog will help to define better the …

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A Web site that…

A Web site that speedily circulates information through the organizational system and its environment is a definite advantage. (Kamat, 2002, p. 2) References Kamat, M. (2002). The role of organizational web sites in public relations. Master’s thesis, the Faculty of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, San Jose State University, CA. Iaroslav

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