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Sheri Wells-Jensen on NPR’s Science Friday

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 21, 2016

Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen was interviewed on Science Friday about the new movie Arrival.  She was featured as an expert in xenolinguistics, the study of the hypothetical languages of alien beings.

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Alumni and friends of the English Department

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 7, 2011

Please visit the following link to download a copy in .pdf format of the latest issue of English Matters, our departmental newsletter. We hope you will enjoy reading about the creative and scholarly accomplishments of both our faculty and our students and that you will send along your own updates that we can feature in a future edition of the newsletter. We really want to hear from you! English Matters 2011

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Sheri Wells-Jensen and ENG 5800 students win service learning award

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 13, 2011

Linguistics and ESL professor Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen and her English 5800: Seminar on Language Preservation & Language Death class have been awarded the Office of Service Learning Group Excellence Award. The individual recipients are Dan Fawcett, Urska Klancnik, Juli McCarroll, Sarah Price and Alexander Reichholf.

After spending the first 2/3 of the semester learning about language death, bilingual dictionary construction, and the necessary linguistics of non-European languages, ENG 5800 took the Oroha documentation project as its topic for the semester. Oroha (spoken on the Solomon Islands) has fewer than 40 native speakers remaining. Via Skype, the class worked with Mr. George Clay, one of the last native speakers of Oroha and helped in editing and expanding the only dictionary of Oroha that currently exists. They worked with the only written records of Oroha folktales and edited some of the only known recordings of the language. Their results are slowly being integrated into the existing grammar sketch which is currently available here.

Congratulations!

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A new semester begins . . .

Posted by bgsuenglish on January 13, 2010

This past Monday marks the start of BGSU’s centennial year and the beginning of another busy and fulfilling semester here in the Department of English. Faculty, staff, and students are kicking off the new year and the new semester off with our usual full plate–77 undergraduate, and 31 graduate courses across five programs (English, Creative Writing, Rhetoric and Writing, English as a Second Language, and Scientific and Technical Communication).

Welcome back!

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Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen teaches braille

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 5, 2009

Associate Professor of Linguistics, Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen, who is on sabbatical this year but is teaching a class on braille to sighted students at Wood County District Public Library in Bowling Green, was the subject of an article in yesterday’s Toledo Blade. To read the article, click on the link.

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Dr. Kenneth Robb 1933-2009

Posted by bgsuenglish on July 27, 2009

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We are saddened to report the passing of Dr. Kenneth Robb, emeritus faculty member in Literature, late last week. Ken retired as an associate professor in 1991 after twenty-one years with the Department; he taught courses in linguistics, English as a second language, Victorian literature and contemporary American literature. As with all of our emeritus faculty, Ken helped to form the stellar reputation of the English Department. One of our alumni, Michael O’Neal remembered Ken fondly:

I completed a Ph.D. in English at BG in 1978, and Ken was my dissertation advisor. We also team-taught a course in literary stylistics. He was just an all-around great guy and easy to work with on the dissertation. It was Ken who nominated my dissertation for the university’s Distinguished Dissertation Award, and after the thing won, I used the cash prize to treat myself to a leatherbound edition of Dickens. To this day, when I look at or read one of the volumes, I think of Ken and the terrific experience I had back in the days of Drs. Pretzer, Carpenter, Bashore, Barber, Wymer, Halpern, Klein, Wolfe, Daniels, Harner, Leland and Leland, and others whose names I’m forgetting but whose names no doubt live on in department lore.

Services will be held at Dunn Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 29th, at 11 a.m. with visitation at 10 a.m. The main office will close for a portion of Wednesday morning.

Memorials may be made to Wood County District Public Library, 251 N. Main Street, Bowling Green, OH, or to Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Foundation (Simpson Arboretum), 1291 Conneaut Ave., Bowling Green, OH.

You can read more about Ken’s life and work in the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune and the Toledo Blade.

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“Rethinking the Entire Internet: VOXDB, Service Learning, and the Sound of the Human Voice”

Posted by bgsuenglish on March 23, 2009

Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen, Associate Professor in Linguistics, will give her Colloquia series talk entitled “Rethinking the Entire Internet: VOXDB, Service Learning, and the Sound of the Human Voice” on Tuesday March 31, from 11:00 am-12:30 pm in East Hall 206.

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Spring Kick-Off

Posted by bgsuenglish on January 20, 2009

Please mark your calendars for our annual Spring Semester Kick-Off scheduled for Friday, January 23, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the East Hall Library Lounge. This semester’s event is co-sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, who will coordinate with several other English student organizations in getting faculty and students together to learn about upcoming events across programs.

Refreshments will be available, so we hope you will stop by to mingle and receive updates from our programs and organizations.

As always, this is a great way to begin the semester, and we hope to see you all there!

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Language Death and Language Preservation: Linguistics Brown Bag Lecture Series

Posted by bgsuenglish on March 10, 2008

Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen, Associate Professor of Linguistics writes:

‘Atowa Seeni, (good day) everyone! We’re very excited to announce our next linguistics brown bag speaker, Mr. George Clay who comes to us from the Solomon Islands. Mr. Clay’s native language, Oroha, has only 38 speakers remaining. He will be in Bowling Green this week to work with linguists on documenting Oroha and will present at our March linguistics brown bag–a rare opportunity to meet a Last Speaker and learn first-hand about the process of documenting an endangered language. Hanuaramana huni ‘o! (Peace)

Within the next one hundred years, up to 90% of the languages spoken on Earth today may die due to a complex web of social, economic and environmental pressures. Oroha, once widely spoken on the Solomon Islands, is one such language. George Clay is one of the last thirty-eight native speakers of Oroha and has been working with linguists to document and revitalize his native language before it is too late.

On Friday, March 14, at 12:30 pm in 111 Olscamp Hall, Mr. Clay will present his experiences documenting and preserving his language and culture and his hopes for his and other communities facing similar challenges.

Everyone is welcome! No prior knowledge of linguistics is required. This event is sponsored by the BGSU Department of English and the Black Swamp Literary Society.

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“Exploring Nonviolent Rhetoric: From Everyday Speech to Research and What to Teach”

Posted by bgsuenglish on February 18, 2008

What is nonviolent rhetoric?  Dr. Ellen W. Gorsevski from BGSU’s School of Communication Studies will explore that question and more in her talk, “Exploring Nonviolent Rhetoric: From Everyday Speech to Research and What to Teach, ” part of this semester’s Linguistics Brown Bag Lecture Series. Her talk will take place Friday, February 22, 2008, at 12:30 pm in Room 114 of the Education Building.

Nonviolent rhetoric is discourse that, in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, encourages one to be a “nonconformist.” For Mohandas K. Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is “noncooperation” with systems one deems unjust, including forms of communication.  In our everyday speech interactions, our language and idioms are replete with violent metaphors.  Using mindful awareness, we can transform our own use and understanding of language, thus restructuring our reality in positive, nonviolent ways.  An awareness and support of nonviolent perspectives and communication strategies, when incorporated into research and teaching, can be equally empowering.

Everyone is welcome! No prior knowledge of linguistics is required. This event is sponsored by the BGSU Department of English and the Black Swamp Literary Society.

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