INLS777-001 Fall 2022

Perspectives on information, technology and people

08 November 2022  1230-1345

③ discuss

One of the groups may be taking the lead, guiding us in a discussion of what we have just watched together.

  1. what, if anything, did this have to do with "information"?
  2. did we learn anything about the context of the story in the movie, or about, perhaps, ourselves?

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④ ponder

The movie is a comedy about language usage and language switching. You might want to extend your thinking about that topic.

But we won't have a student present this to the class. It will be something we might want to read to explore the idea further.

Pearson, H. Bilinguals kick out their tongues. Nature (2002).

and this

This may be an opportunity to branch beyond spoken languages to consider other languages and how they convey meaning through sound and/or sign.

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⑤ listen presenter in Sakai calendar

Staff Benda Bilili

Staff Benda Bilili and a comment from the Deutsche Welle item about them. The band's name Staff Benda Bilili roughly translates as "bring forth the invisible".

They call themselves "Staff Benda Bilili": eight musicians who all suffer from polio. Their instruments are homemade, and in some cases even invented by their players. They live outdoors on the streets of Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo and were brought together by their love of music and life, their wit and their musical talent. Now they are touring across Europe.

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⑥ an unanswered question

Finally, at least one time per session, you all are offered the opportunity to put me on the spot.

What is the "one big question" that the readings posed, but did not answer?

If I can't come up with an answer immediately, I will research it and have it for you at the subsequent session.

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