Welcome to Scott Baird's Linguistic Section

 

Last updated December 02, 2013

 

 A LINGUISTIC ARGUMENT FOR THE EXISTENCE OF SPANGLISH

          Ten years ago, I collated over a dozen academic papers into a book-like format, which I have titled: Gravemarkers, Languages, and Grief: A universal discourse pattern.  Papers are written in both Qualitative and Quantitative format..  You will find in Chapter 7 the arguments that English Language, Spanish Language, and Spanglish Language have been carved in stone for at least 100 years.  The Spanglish data are uniquely distinct from Mixed Code and/or Bilingual codes.  The impact of the argument can easily be dismissed - but only as long as one ignores the linguistics arguments in the preceding six chapters.  For linguists interested in Linguistic Universals, Chapter Five (Shared Discourse of Grief) argues that across all languages, families express their grief on gravemarkers using a five-point universal discourse of grief.

Chapter One. Cemeteries: Affirmation of Life
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Chapter Two.  Gravestone Inscriptions: The Problem of Authorship
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Chapter Three.  Gravestone Inscriptions: Various Linguistic Registers
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Chapter Four. Spousal Terms on Shared Gravemarkers
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Chapter Five. Shared Discourse of Grief: A Linguistic Universal
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Chapter Six.  Language Assimilation: Mixed Code and Bilingual
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Chapter Seven. From Pachucan Onomastics to Texas Gravemarkers
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Chapter Eight. Multilingual Census of San Fernando #1 Cemetery
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Chapter Nine. Theoretical Modals
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 LANGUAGES IN CONTACT

Texas German "Lateiner" Immigrants (Published in the Journal of the Texas German Historical Society, Spring 2010)
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Coleraine: Social and Family Networks in an Ulster Scots Urban Community - Works Cited Only
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Cemeteries: community members and outsiders (Paper presented at the annual convention of the American Culture Association, 2001)  Co-authored with Janet Pursell
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Texas Registered Cattle Breed Names.  (Published in Names: A Journal of Onomastics.  Festshrift in Honor of Edwin D. Lawson, 55.4. December 2007), pp. 417-426.)
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From Pacuhucan Onomastics to Texas Gravemarkers: Geolinguistic Growth and Territorial Evidence.  (Paper presented at the 2nd International Congress of Dialectologists and Geolinguists,  Amerterdam, The Netherlands, July 28-August 1, 1997)  Expanded arguments for Chapter  7 above.
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A Review of Dictionary of Geman Names, by Hans Bahlow.  Translated by Edda Gentry.  Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, University of Wisconsin, 1993. pp. xxxix-641. (Published in Names: A Journal of Onomastics, 43:1, March 1995, 71-76)
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I guest-edited Volume 54:2 (June 2006) NAMES A Journal of Onomastics.  The five contributors that I selected to join me wrote excellent articles, all focused on diverse cemetery research.  Unfortunately someone added material (in CAPS) and changed the layout to block-style - which literally destroyed the tables and graphs.  I was (and am) embarrassed.  I have decided to add these six articles to this website - but using the unaltered versions that I initially submitted.

Anglicizing Ethnic Surnames.  Scott Baird, Trinity University. pp. 173-192.  Copyright 2006 by the American Name Society.
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                                                                                                       ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE or FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Foreign Language Assessment: Past, Present, and Future. The Challenge of Change: Assessment in the 21st Century. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, January 1998. 74-84
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What's New in Spanish/English Bilingual Education. The Clearing House, 67.6 July/August 1994, 308-9
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What's New in "American" Education: The International School of the Americas, San Antonio, Texas.  The Clearing House. 68.4 March/April 1995, 196
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What's New in Language Instruction on the U.S.-Mexican Border.  The Clearing House. 71.3 January/February 1998, 133-4.  Co-authored with Kate Kuravackal
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The Creole Condundrum.  (Published in Forum on Public Policy, 3.2. Oxford Round Table, Harris Manchester College, Oxford, U.K.,:Summer 2007)
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POPULAR STUFF

January 27, 1996  Immortall Memory Speech for Robert Burns Nicht
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Bisei's Faithfulness, A short story written in Japanese by Runosuke Akutagawa.  A revised translation into English, 2007
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