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The Geography of Small Talk

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Surprising alternatives to "so what do you do?"—from New Orleans to New York.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 23, 2014 7:48 PM

The types of questions that you ask when you are meeting someone new for the first time has some regional variations but there is much more to the geography of small talk than that as see in this 4 minute video.  People want to understand your cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic context by asking spatial questions about where you are from.  Identity and place are tightly woven and these neighborhood questions are almost invitations to share much more personal information, as if to ask, "how do you fit in this world?"  When you are being introduced to someone, what are the questions that you ask, and what type of information are you hoping to get?  Each person has their own little geography that has profoundly shaped who they are---so what’s your story? 


Tags: language, regions, folk cultures, communityplace, neighborhood.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, April 24, 2014 9:43 AM

unit 2-3

Mr Steven Newman's curator insight, April 24, 2014 2:33 PM
Love this scoop from Seth Dixon. A nice way to help kids understand sense of place .
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Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other…

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Great visual for the geography of language in the United States

 

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Great visual for the geography of language in the United States

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WATCH: Yup, The English Language Is Insane

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Seriously, what is with the English language? Why is the plural of box boxes, but the plural of ox oxen? It makes no sense, people!

ASAP Thought's poem "English is Crazy" helps us break down all the ways English is well, insane. Grammar...
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