Reading Gee

Reading Gee


  • Phrases and tags noted during initial scans:
  • A way of talking about Literacy.
  • Language is misleading. Too often suggests grammar.
  • Discourse is an identity kit.
  • There are many discourses.
  • Primary socialization.
  • Secondary/primary discourse.
  • Metaknowledge
  • Meta-language, meta-values, meta-words, meta-beliefs
  • Language contact, pidginization, creolization
  • Language fossilizes
  • Non-member of a group
  • Empirical claim
  • Sociolinguistic literature
  • Mark you as a pretender to the social role…
  • As far as literacy goes, there are only fluent speakers and apprentices.
  • Authentic critism
  • “superficial features of language”
  • Mushfake, resistance, and meta-knowledge
  • Teaching that inculcates Discourse and not just content, is political.

Summary/Difficulties: skimming it. This is not a thorough enough read. And it leaves too many holes. It is my least preferred method of reading. This being said, I feel like I have a pretty good understanding about who this guy is and what he wants to talk about. And agree with the few words that I have picked up. Language at a beginners’ level is basic and direct. There is no deeper meaning, because there can’t be. My Spanish teacher once told me that you’ve only mastered the language once you can hear the humor in the joke, or pick up on sarcasm. You have to be able to hear deeper than the surface shows.

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10/10/16–James Paul Gee

Was born in 1948 in California. He received his bachelor’s from the University of California. From there on he went to Stanford  and obtained his doctorate in linguistics. His career focused on theoretical linguistics. Linguistics is the study of language. His focus was on the the behavior, values, customs, and cultures and how they in turn influenced how language worked.

He focused a lot on Discourses. With a big D which relates more to the overall of language. Discourse is the social practices within specific groups or communities. While discourse focuses more on “connected stretches of language.”

Currently he is working at Arizona State University, there he is continuing his work on linguistics. He has worked for over a decade on the integrated parts of language. He believed that literacy was more than reading and writing. That it was also a social experience. That people unconsciously learned the mannerisms that went along with the situation and work place. How peers as well as what we read would influence us in how we acted as well.

He focused a lot on video games in his works. He looked at their learning principles and how they motivated players.

Co-Written by
Ian Miller, Caliann Wood, and Blake Beverage


Language is much more complex. As time goes on, it seems to grow more and more. We start out with just a single thread that is spun into the most intricate of webs. Much of Discourse is done and learned unconsciously. You learn by being surrounded with the culture and diction of the group. I connected this a lot to psychology and how peers are the biggest of influence on behavior. Peers surround you, their language is constantly in your ears. As are their behaviors and movements. It is no surprise that you would create/copy their Discourse.

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