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LRDG - Local literacies at the corner store: Catechism, cantaloupe and calico at Mennomex

Date: 15 November 2011 Time: 1 - 2 pm

Venue: C89, County South

Wendy Crocker (University of Western Ontario/Canada) will be speaking on:

Local literacies at the corner store: Catechism, cantaloupe and calico at Mennomex

On the outskirts of a rural town in southwestern Ontario, Canada is a very special general store: Mennomex. Its name is a hybrid construction taken from one of the local cultures (Mennonite) and the country of transnational migration of the Low German speaking Mennonites (Mexico). Drawing upon the notion of "local literacies" (Barton & Hamilton, 1997), this presentation takes participants on a photo walk into Mennomex to identify and discuss the vernacular literacies that are represented on the store shelves. Additionally, the importance of Mennomex as a source of socially constructed literacies for a cultural group whose first language is predominantly oral (Plautdietsch) and not written nor read will be explored.

Event website: http://www.literacy.lancs.ac.uk

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Who can attend: Anyone

 

Further information

Associated staff: Mary Hamilton

Organising departments and research centres: Educational Research, Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

Keywords: Literacies, Vernacular literacies

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