Friday, February 13, 2009

Interview with Prof. Wayne O'Neil

Kourosh Ziabari - Asian EFL Journal: Language, whether deemed a communicative tool of transmitting the individual purposes in a communal interaction or a conceptual matter which should be looked at through sociocultural aspects, is fundamentally vital to explore its complexities, intricacies and reflective contradictions.

Aside from the applicative usages, clarification in the theoretical study of language is something that needs the exchange of dissimilar, disparate and distinct viewpoints, and this importance becomes underscored when one attempts to look at the matter of language from the spectacle of EFL.

Second language learners, particularly those who consider English as worthwhile enough to be their second tongue of communication and social engagement, regardless of the omnipotent pervasiveness of this hyper-international language, usually stumble upon cognitive and reflective complexities and even standoffs.

In order to understand these matters from an academic viewpoint, we interviewed 
Prof. Wayne O'Neil , Professor of Linguistics, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Prof. O'Neil received his Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin in 1960, published books and scholarly articles including:-

La lengua: El último de los prejucios, entervista con Wayne O’Neil. Zorros y erizos 2, 8, 1997.
Ebonics in the media, Radical Teacher 54, 13-17. 1998.
Linguistics for everyone -- a plenary session lecture. On-line proceedings of the 1998 meetings of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia and the Australian Linguistics Society (http://www.cltr.uq.edu.au/als98/oneil.html ). Brisbane: The University of Queensland. 1998.
(with Alec Marantz and Yasushi Miyashita) Image, language, brain. Cambridge MA: The MIT Press, 2000.
(with Maya Honda), Understanding first and second language acquisitionSanta Fe NMIndigenous Language Institute, 2004.
(with Maya Honda) Developing materials and activities for language teaching. Santa Fe NM: Indigenous Language Institute. 2008.
(with Maya Honda) Thinking linguistically. Malden MA and Oxford UK: Wiley-Blackwell

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