Coursework Reflections · LING 504 · Musings

Prescriptive and Descriptive Grammar

Today’s linguistics class focused on the definition of grammar as a device that has an input/output that allows us to make sentences. We broke grammar down into prescriptive (grammar that results in ‘correct’ sentences) and descriptive (grammar that results in sentences patterns that are systematically practiced by groups of people). I want to use this space, however,… Continue reading Prescriptive and Descriptive Grammar

Coursework Reflections · LING 504 · Musings

LING 504: Initial Thoughts About Language

Before I get too far into my Modern English Grammar linguistics class, I want to reflect briefly on the following questions: What is language (what is a language)?  How would you define language?  (How would you define a specific language, like English?)  I spent considerable time reflecting on this question the other day, documenting my thoughts… Continue reading LING 504: Initial Thoughts About Language

Coursework Reflections · Musings

First Day Back in the Classroom: Fall 2016

Although classes started yesterday at EMU, today was my first day back in the classroom. At 8AM, no less. Despite not getting a whole lot of sleep, I have a good feeling about this semester. My WRTG 120 students were quiet, but that is to be expected on the first day, especially with an early morning… Continue reading First Day Back in the Classroom: Fall 2016

Coursework Reflections · WRTG 516

Brainstorming for my WTRG 516 Seminar Paper

I’m trying to decide what to write my short paper about. I was really excited to write about the history of Aran sweaters. When I was in Ireland two summers ago, I was told by my tour guide that the different patterns of Aran sweaters were originally developed to help identify the bodies of fisherman.… Continue reading Brainstorming for my WTRG 516 Seminar Paper

Coursework Reflections · WRTG 516

Thoughts about Copyright and Open-Access to Information

By practice, I’m a firm believer in acknowledging copyright restrictions. Sure, it’d be nice to have immediate access to watch Deadpool, which was just released in theaters a week ago, on repeat from the comfort of my home. However, I’ve always felt obligated to pay for the media I consume, and not just because the law… Continue reading Thoughts about Copyright and Open-Access to Information

Coursework Reflections · WRTG 516

Reflection on Classroom Spaces

After reading and discussing Walls, Schopieray, and DeVoss’s Computers and Composition article about hacking spaces, I’ve been thinking a lot about the spaces we teach in. In our FYW classrooms, the space is not so great. Yes, we can move desks and chairs; however, this process is often loud and disruptive. Additionally, the lack of… Continue reading Reflection on Classroom Spaces

Coursework Reflections · WRTG 516

Disciplinary Lines: DH vs. Computers/Writing

In yesterday’s WRTG 516 class, we had time to explore the Reagan Library, a randomly-generated collection of four stories that become more coherent the more time a person spends navigating the interface’s series of hypertexts. When posed with the Reagan Library as a prime example of the digital humanities at work, I grew a little… Continue reading Disciplinary Lines: DH vs. Computers/Writing