Cracking the Code: Language, Learning, and Technology in Dystopian Times

Lecture | October 24 | 12-1 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Aria Razfar, Professor of Education and Linguistics, University of Illinois at Chicago

 Berkeley Language Center

I draw on the NIDALS framework of language, learning, and identity and semiotic data visualization in order to better understand how “Trump” became an icon of a populist movement in the United States. I will draw on several major narrative events that have occurred during the presidential campaign, after the elections, as related to classroom interactions. I will examine how Twitter mediated the rise of Trump discourse. Using a method of computational linguistics and semiotic analysis, I will identify and organize into major archetypes the signifiers in Trump’s tweets in order to graph maps that reveal patterns and gaps. I will conclude with the major implications of the findings for teacher education and student learning.

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