- You will find that you will need to learn how to summaries of various lengths. For your blog, write a 1-2 sentence summary of each text listed in brief assignment two. Then reflect on the process. Did you find it difficult? Easy? Why? Then pick one text — I recommend using the text that you write over for brief assignment two — and write a 200-300 word summary. Then, once again reflect on the process. Was this easier or more difficult than the 1-2 sentence summary? How did you decide what to leave in? What to leave out?
1. As time has evolved books to electronic communication, the transition of the language is evident. In many instances it is obvious that language has changed with technology and time.
2. Stephen Budiansky compares communication as a “talking dog” and goes on to explain the difficulties associated with translations between languages over technology. Although, programs have been developed to rephrase and to translate the pure meaning without the extra details, much information is still lost.
3. A teacher assigns essays to students where they actually have to plagiarize. As a lesson, this teacher’s assignment brings out many questions in the students minds.
4. In many ways technology has served to help preserve languages and keep people in touch. While many small languages never had an actual written form of their language, technology has help them to actually form one.
I wasn’t too hard to come up with 1-2 very very vague sentences to summarizes these reading. For the simple purpose of summarizing the readings 1-2 sentence was efficient but with 1-2 sentences you aren’t able to get any details at all in.
Ibrahima Traore speaks, writes and reads in many different languages. He deals mostly with a language called N’Ko, a language of his native family. People noticed that once technology increased the smaller less popular languages started to die off. This was a result of English being the main language for the internet and other forms of technology. When Traore was little, N’Ko had existed for several years but he had never seen a written for of the language. As cultures slowly began to grow with their languages they created written forms and this text made communication much easier. People transformed their own written forms of their language and used them in emails. Next thing people knew this language of N’Ko was everywhere. There were websites developed in it and DVDs had the option for subtitles in N’Ko as well. This language along with many other little languages has grown as a result of technology. People were losing their forms of communication as a result of not having it in a written form. Technology gave people the opportunity to create a written form of their own language, in turn making communication so much easier.
I personally think a full summary with 200-300 words is easier to summarize a passage. With longer summaries you have more opportunities to explain in detail a few of the main parts. Summaries need all the main parts but I think they need a few small details to just to avoid complete vagueness.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
There were great things happening, there were horrible things happening, people were knowledgeable, people were senseless, it was a time of certainty, it was a time of doubt, it was a season of brightness, it was a season of darkness, it was a spring of optimism, it was a winter of sorrow.
I don’t think paraphrasing this particular sentence was to hard because I just rephrased what was already said.