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Last updated March, 2014
The following article - the first of several projected magazine articles- addresses one organization's attempt to aid in individual recovery from Drug Addiction. It appeared in a San Antonio bilingual newspaper, with basically a Puerto Rican readership, in May of 2010.
Several friends have encouraged me to write an updated set of newspaper columns. Starteding in June of 2012, then, I will write a monthly column on cemeteries. Much will be popularized version of academic papers found elsewhere on this web site. Much more, however, will be new material that I have gleaned over the past couple of decades through my memberships in the Association for Gravestone Studies and in the Cemeteries and Gravemarkers Section of the American Culture Association.
The Full Story. A complete Gravemarker holds only eleven pieces of semantic information, in its written text.
How About a Picnic? An explanation about the differences in attitudes toward cemeteries, among various cultures.
Cemeteries Document the Languages and Cultures of the Surrounding Neighborhood. Irrefutable evidence of changes in languages and cultures.
In popular slang a Consort can mean Prostitute; in 20th Century Protestant usage, though, a Consort (as in British usage) refers to a spouse.
Pictures of the deceased and of their hobbies have along history from porcelain to lazer.
The "DEATH " taboo? Not in cemeteries!
San Antonio Times
Between 1992 and 1996, I wrote a series of columns for the San Antonio Times newspaper. The columns disccussed various aspects of South Texas regional an social dialects. TheTimes owns the copyright on all 172 columns, but has graciously given permission to post them on this website. It will take months to re-format and upload all of the articles, but I will add them as quickly as possible.
The columns are organized according to dialectology categories: Linguistic Geography (Pragmatics, Semantics, Syntax, etc.) and Social Dialects (Education, Ethinicity, Religion, etc.)