It’s been some time! Can it be there are fewer than fifty-one weeks left in 2024? And yet somehow, after all this, it’s only our first episode of the year.
On this outing we bring to you a positively scintillating discussion about exclusionary language… it’s time to start getting caught up! And to that end, we invite you to click below!
We’ve brought our audio with us into the New Year! #ednontech
As mentioned during the episode, I am pretty enamored with Cormac McCarthy’s final two novels, Stella Maris and The Passenger. I loved Stella and I am itching to read another bunch of The Passenger before I go to bed this evening… and so… I am likely to blaze through these refs and sources with either more gusto or less forethought in the interests of expediting said reading…
I am so close to diving down this rabbithole.
I may take the opportunity to simply read every one of his published works, and watch all associated films and/or other media formats.
The Reddit page has an excellent set of AI generations by user LibrarianBarbarian1 which I screenshotted and included among many other generations by several different online generators in the H5P image slider interaction above.
The Lawrence Arms & Ben Nichols (Lucero)
…have both set Blood Meridian to music… Ben released an entire EP The Last Pale Light in the West… and “The Redness in the West” appears on TLA’s Buttsweat and Tears EP… later recorded and released by TLA’s Brendan Kelly on the Wasted Potential LP (split with Joe McMahon). I read Blood Meridian right before my first son was born and also right after. I’ve read it at least once more since then… and TLA & Ben / Lucero have been among my favorite musicians since a really really long time ago. Really.
…Australian film director and screenwriter, is set to direct an adaptation of Blood Meridian… widely considered “unfilmable” because of the graphic depictions of violence… and many troubling characters and incidents… no less a filmmaker than Ridley Scott developed the film… and had to put the project aside…
The film will be produced by New Regency, Black Bear Pictures’ Keith Redmon, and Hillcoat. McCarthy and his son, John Francis McCarthy, will serve as executive producers.Deadline
This is great news, because Hillcoat directed the adaption of McCarthy’s The Road. Hillcoat’s The Proposition is spiritually on similar Godless terrain as Blood Meridian… set as it is in desolate desert environs circa late 19th Century… and it is a work of breathtaking cruelty and violence in its own way… but to the extent that it tells a contemporary story written by no less than dark pop genius Nick Cave with music by Nick and his frequent collaborator Warren Ellis, it can be difficult to look away…
Charles Joseph McCarthy Jr
…AKA Cormac McCarthy passed away last June at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was eighty-nine, and he left an imprint on American and on world literature like few others… any legitimate conversation about prose style in popular American literary novels from the mid-seventies until today would have to include him.
The part of me that mourns his passing is the same part that mourns my maternal grandfather… who died one month before Cormac… Cormac was one month short of ninety… my grandfather was one month older than ninety… and furthermore, my paternal grandmother passed away last November… herself just four years younger than Cormac or my grandfather…
And even more members of my family from that thirties-born generation have passed in just the past months and few years…
I have little else to add here that I haven’t already spoken to… except, inspired by both Cormac’s Blood Meridian… and the songs on Ben Nichol’s EP… I wrote a ghazal… which saw publication in the first year or so that I lived in Qatar… a third of a lifetime ago, essentially… this was when I wrote and had published something like five ghazals… a form that I first learned of during my B.Ed qualification at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB… and which format has had a distinctly New Brunswick association by way of the late John Thompson (Mount Allison University).
The influence of power hierarchies in the interprofessional context was identified by participants as in need of addressing.
Marshall, C., Medves, J., Docherty, D., & Paterson, M. (2011). Interprofessional jargon: How is it exclusionary? Cultural determinants of language use in health care practice. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 25(6), 452-453.
Exclusionary language, however, impedes the smooth operation of health care teams, whose members all need to feel respected to perform their roles.
Cahn, P. S. (2017). Seven dirty words: hot-button language that undermines interprofessional education and practice. Academic Medicine, 92(8), 1086-1090.
The English language teaching profession has historically suffered from a lack of standardized nomenclature (an issue deserving further study).
- ELT (English Language Teaching),
- TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), and
- TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
- CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults)
This perennial problem is highlighted in TESOL’s (n.d.) common acronym guide which notes “the difference between acronyms is often subtle” and lists under E the following: EAL, EAP, EIAL, EIL, EFL, EL, ELA, ELD, ELF, ELL, ELP, ELT, ENL, ESL, and ESOL.
Bernstein, J. D. (2021). Gobbledygook: The proliferation of jargon in English language teaching. TESOL Journal, 12(1), e00541.
… navigating the Anglophone scientific publishing world can be stressful and can cause anxiety for many non-native English speakers.
Gordon, S. F., & Fierros, E. G. (2022). Combatting Exclusionary Language Practices in Science Publishing: A DEI Concern. Science Editor, 45(3), 84-85.
Word of the podcast
Phrase of the podcast
It takes a huge amount of effort to make things simple!
Sociopaths in academia / “blood on the floor”
Question of the podcast
How can educators use language that is inclusive rather than so much exclusive jargon?