Spring  2006
Pétur Knútsson     
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Illiteracy, Orality, Literacy and Textuality

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First week, 12 Jan.,  Ağalbygging 231 11:05-12:15

Circular seating, video capture.

Discussion; general introduction. Students introduced themselves, and discussed what they expect from this course.
Students:  Ranie, Bing, Guğlaug, Anna, and Sesselía. Margaret and Tessa with us in spirit.
I forgot to press the"capture" button until after Ranie and Bing and 1/2 of Guğlaug had introduced themselves; so the video starts in the middle of Guğlaug's introduction.  But I have a (rather poor) audio recording of the first part of the session.

Audio of first part: download here
Video (first part missing) here

Lévi-Strauss, 'A Writing Lesson'. Discussion. I shall discuss how to take notes, and my own notes will be posted here

Second Week, 19 Jan.
video capture
Present were Ranie, Bing, Guğlaug, Sesselía, and Adrian (who tried to join the class last week without success). Anna is at home looking after  a sick daughter. Margaret and Tessa in the East made repeated and valiant attempts to join the group via Skype, but since the technicians has neglected to provide me with loudspeakers and microphone their attempts failed ...

We discussed mostly Ong chapter 2. I spoke too long on the graphocentrism of my phonetics students, and tried to push Parry and Lord. More of that next week.

Here is a the video of the class,, with some slides on the graphocentrism I was talking about.

Here are my notebooks on Ong chapter 1 and Ong chapter 2, for what they are worth. Don't spend much time on them Use your time to keep on reading.
The following might be useful:

If you look at my notebook on Ong Chapter 1 you'll notice that I discuss the medieval concept of the letter, the First Grammarian, Saussure and others - but I somehow forgotten in this seminar that we hadn't yet looked at Ong 1.  I'll be giving pointers about Saussure and the FG next week - a text from FG has gone up in Ugla, but Saussure is still waiting. We'll discuss this next week.

Questions and queries welcome on the DISCUSSIONS option in Ugla.

Tessa asked:

Would you like the personal notes on chapter 2 posted in - or are you
intending just to do a "spot" check every so often? Or, as you did on a
previous course, you will just have things sent in regularly - and you
choose which to read through and check?

Actually I said in class that I wouldn't take in Chapter 2, but by doing so I was contradicting myself, because I said the assesment will also be based on your notebooks for the whole of Ong (unless you get seriously sidetracked and start reading something else - we can discuss that individually).
- By all means send them in as attachments.

Third Week, 26 Jan.

Here is a the video of the class. We ranged fairly widely over the possible foci of the course; you should all by now be homing in to your own area.

Fourth Week, 26 Jan.

Here is a the video of the class. (Use View Full Screen).  Here is the present state of the timetable: make sure your name is on it. We have time for 2 presentations each week.

Towards the end of this class (and running well over time) I commented briefly on Charles Lock's 'Silent reading, double voicing'. This was because Tessa raised a question in an email. This is what I wrote he (very hurriedly) and it may add to what I was saying in class today.

I'm glad to see the discussion list is going well. As you mentioned in class, it's in rather samll print. So I'm adding here a link to a Word version which you can bow up if you wish.(This link will be updated whenever I get round to it, which may not be immediately - so keep your eye on the newest in Ugla.

Next week Margaret is giving her presentation; I should like to discuss Lock's Double voicing further with you, if there are points you'd like think more closely about; -- and I want to introduce Barfield to you as soon as possible, he's a darling.

Fifth Week, 9 Feb. 2006

Margaret's presentation, prefaced by a vain promise from me to talk on Barfield; since Margaret hogged the whole period Barfield will have to wait for next week.
Video here; Margaret's slides here.

Sixth Week, 16 Feb. 2006

I discussed Barfield, with a slides presentation. The video is here, and the slides are here; I'm going to try to find time tomorrow to put together a Producer version so that the slides and the video can be seen together (I'm so proud of the graphics).  Tessa gave her presentation in audio through Skype in my office in the afternoon; I recorded it and will put it on the web er long, with Tessa's slides.

Remember that next week is Reading Week; as I said in the seminar, if you are going to catch up on you reading and hand in all the overdue notebooks, it's going to be Miracle Week.

On Thursday week it's  Bing's presentation.

Eighth Week, 2 March 2006

Bing's presentation on 'Oral Mnemonics':  video and slides.

Here is Tessa's presntation on Silent Reading: this is simply an audio file from our Skype conversation last week, with Tessa's slides on the video track. Here is the original version of the slides. PLEASE LISTEN CAREFULLY TO TESSA'S CONTRIBUTION - we´ll discuss it next week.


Ninth week, 9 March 2006

Here's the video with Sesselía's presentation, and here are her slides (my grandson found what was wrong, and corrected it).

Tenth week, 16 March 2006

Ranie's presentation on Guyanese Creole. Here are her slides; and here are the word documents she used.

Eleventh week, 23 March 2006

Adrian's presentation on 1001 Nights. Adrian's slides; and for those who don't speak Australian, here are his draft notes.

Twelfth and thirtenth weeks, 30 Mar and 6 April: postponed to 10 April 2006, becaue the cameraman had flu.

Guğlaug's presentation on Orally Based Thought and Expression, with slides;
here is a link to Guğlaug's material (references);
Anna's presentation on Reading, with slides.

Finally, here is the recipe for farinate:


Along the Ligurian and Tuscan coast, Italian street vendors sell
scrumptious chickpea-flour pancakes called farinate, fried in a wide pan.
 At home, these are best cooked in a hot oven. Servc ward or at room
 temperature. Chickpea flour, commonly sold as gram flour in Indian shops, can also be bought from Doves farm (www.dovesfarm.co.uk).

150g gram flour
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
400 ml [4 decil] lukewarm water
5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small red onion, finely sliced (I used a leek)
1 small pinch finely chopped fresh rosemary
Freshly ground black pepper

Put the gram flour and salt in a large bowl. Slowly add a little water,
stirring with a wooden spoon until it forms a thick, smooth paste, then
change over toan electric whisk and beat in the rest of the water. Whisk
for a further minute before leaving to rest for a minimum of 2 hours.
   Heat the oven to 230 Celsius. Pour the oil into a 22 cm x 32 cm
nonstick baking tray and place in the hot oven.
Meanwhile, skim off and discard the froth from the top of the rested
batter and pour into the smoking hot oil in the roasting tray. Swirl it
around so that the batter forms a 1 cm layer across the bottom of the pan.
  Scatter over the sliced onion and finely chopped rosemary and return to the oven. Bake for 15 minutes, until the mixture has set. Season with
freshly ground black pepper and allow to rest for 10 minutes before
cutting into easy-to-eat pieces.