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Assignments(Archived)
What's in a name?
Due Date: 2/12/2015
Subject: AP Human Geography

What's in a name?

 

  1. Enter your last name (surname) in the box in the top right corner of the page. Briefly summarize the origin and meaning of your last name (surname).

·         Internet Surname Database

·         Go to http://www.surnamedb.com/?gclid=CKuF0czg_Y8CFQ2nGgodOW3slQ

 

  1. Look at different states in the U.S. and the number of language speakers by country, state, county or zip code. Think about the connection between language speakers and the process of immigration over time. Take a look at ONE specific language and discuss how it has diffused across the U.S. by looking at different states.

·         Modern Language Association – Language Map with Enrollment Data

·         Go to: http://www.mla.org/map_single

 

  1. Do a query using U.S. Census data that looks at the actual numbers and percentages of speakers of over 300 different languages. You can look at this data at different scales. All the way down to the scale of zip code! Pick a different language than you did in question #3, go to the prompt box named Language and State and compare the diffusion of this language in the years 200 and 2005. Briefly discuss your findings.

·         Modern Language Association – Map Data Center

·         Go to: http://www.mla.org/map_data

 

  1. Use this site to get a sense of how many languages are spoken in the world! (There are over 7,000!) Click on the Country Index with Maps, click on one country that you are interested and briefly discuss how many languages are spoken in that country and what that information can tell you about the population makeup of the country (immigration, impact on traditional cultures etc…)

·         Go to: http://www.ethnologue.com/

 

  1. Come up with two sentences in American English and translate the words into British English.

·         British to America Translation

·         Go to: http://esl.about.com/library/vocabulary/blbritam.htm?once=true&terms=british-american

 

  1. In your opinion, what are FIVE of the most interesting place names you found and why? Please discuss the origins of the name if given or what you think the origin of the place name relates to?

·          http://www.infoplease.com/spot/wackytowns.html

·         http://geography.about.com/od/historyofgeography/a/placenames.htm

·         http://geography.about.com/od/historyofgeography/a/placenames2.htm

·         http://members.shaw.ca/kcic1/places.html

 

  1. Even though Bengali is an Indo-European language how do you perceive it to be different than other Indo-European languages such as English?

·         Go to Virtual Bangladesh: http://www.virtualbangladesh.com/bd_bhasha.html

 

  1. Pick some examples of words you use every day and find their "aussie" companion. Create TWO sentences using these words

·         Go to www.koalanet.com.au/australian-slang.html

 

  1. Take a look at some of the phrases used in different places. Think about some that you or a friend/relative might use every day and come up with TWO different examples/translations.

·         http://www.manythings.org/slang/

·         http://www.yourdictionary.com/library/southernese.html

·         http://www.uncp.edu/home/canada/work/allam/1914-/language/slang.htm

 

                                                                                                                                                                       

  1. Take a look at the survey results found on this page and discuss how a study such as this can reflect the cultural preferences related to “drinking” beverages in two different regions of the U.S./Canada? Finally, take the survey yourself!

·         Go to Pop vs. Soda: http://www.popvssoda.com/

 

  1. Pick three MLB team names and three other professional sports team names (look in left margin for links) and briefly discuss their origins.

·         Go to http://www.jimwegryn.com/Names/BaseballTeams.htm