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Ronald Kephart
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Fathers Day!
In honor of Fathers Day, here's a photo of my Dad in 1945.  He's standing on a hill in Auxier, Kentucky.  Note the coal-company style houses down the hill behind him. This was around the time I was born, July 1945.  In later years, but while I was still pre...
In honor of Fathers Day, here's a photo of my Dad in 1945. He's standing on a hill in Auxier, Kentucky. Note the coal-company style houses down the hill behind him. This was around the time I was born, July 1945. In late...
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Cranky Linguist 2.0
I was getting tired of the colors on the blog here, so I have changed it up a bit in the hope of getting motivated to do some more consistent writing. Meanwhile, here's a violin I inherited from my Dad.  It was made in Japan in the 1920s, and I never saw or...
I was getting tired of the colors on the blog here, so I have changed it up a bit in the hope of getting motivated to do some more consistent writing. Meanwhile, here's a violin I inherited from my Dad. It was made in Japan ...
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Columbus Day Ja Vu
Here it is again, late as usual but still worth a look if you haven't seen it:  My essay intended for the Florida Times-Union but never published.
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Well done. Wish it had been published.
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Something else making me cranky
New rule*: If you're a politician, you don't get to talk prescriptively about "marriage" or "the family" unless you have taken a course in anthropology. And yeah, we want to see the transcripts. What I mean is that unless your concept of "marriage" is comfo...
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A linguist in Wonderland...
So a couple days ago I had a brief chat with a reporter from the Jacksonville Time-Onion ("it stinks!"). It was about a thing going on here, wherein the parents of a young child are suing the school board because they don't want to provide speech therapy fo...
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Yeah, reporters work within word count limitations but his reductionist approach kinda missed the mark of what you said, and settled on the thing that will sell papers in today's racial-debate atmosphere. Too bad the solution part of your comments (chill out about a 3 yr old) are on the cutting room floor.
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Catching up (again!)
I turned 70 on July 8 , a milestone I guess if you count using a base ten system.  My sisters Susan and Mary came down from the wilds of Maryland to help me celebrate.  That's Mary on the left, and Susan on the right.  It had been quite a while since the th...
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Culturally-induced psychopathy
Just a quick thought on our latest mass shooting: This kind of thing is not going to go away until some of the basic features of our culture change.  Probably central to that would be a weakening of our cult of extreme individualism, which is reproduced eve...
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Thinking like a linguist
Classes started last week, and in my first Linguistic Anthropology class I did an exercise that I often do to begin making students aware of the difference between linguistics and the "language arts" they have mostly been exposed to.  I ask them to write do...
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One more thing making me cranky
It occurs to me that if you wanted to design a course on sociocultural dysfunctions, you could almost use nothing but Republican speeches for the readings.  The topics would include sexism, classism, ethnocentrism...
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Remembering 9/11
Yesterday was the anniversary of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, surely worth remembering.  But as fellow anthropologist Mark Moberg (University of South Alabama) reminds us, there was another 9/11 back in 1973: Long before 9/11...
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August 6, 2015
It's that time of year again, but this time it's special: This is the 70th anniversary of the bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima, followed a couple of days later by a similar bombing of Nagasaki.  As I'm sure I've mentioned before, this event resonat...
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Ebonics: Language or dialect?
[I posted this to a linguistic anthropology listserve on January 16, 1997, in the wake of the Oakland brouhaha.  Still relevant, I think.] A language is a dialect supported by armed forces. What does this mean? Everyone speaks a "dialect", i.e., a variety o...
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