In her essay “Newfoundlandese, If You Please,” Diane Mooney argues that different areas in Newfoundland have different dialects of the English language. She believes that different dialects are associated with the mother tongue of the descendants. She also believes that different dialects are related to different religious backgrounds of the region.
Mooney introduces her argument with a personal account of her experience living in Newfoundland. She introduces the concept of language evolution into dialects and demonstrates this by discussing the different dialects found in Newfoundland by geographic area. She states that depending on where the early settlers – the Irish, English, British and French- settled, each area developed a distinct dialect of the English language. She also describes that Anglicans and Catholics have different dialects. She describes how some dialects drop “h’s” from words while others add “h’s”, and some dialects adapt different words to mean different ideas. She notices that the only similarity among Newfoundlanders is that they are all fast-talking.
Mooney concludes her essay by restating her thesis. She states that any visitor to Newfoundland can notice the diversity in the dialects of the province which depict the diversity of the early settlers of the province. Since the settlements in Newfoundland are so spread out, she argues, the English language evolved and was adapted to each settlement.
In his essay “A Liberal Education Is Key to a Civil Society,” Robert Downey argues that in order for civil society to be possible, liberal education must be made available and valued. He believes that, for the most part, students are taught too broad an education in university. Furthermore, he believes that the values of liberal education must be based in undergraduate curricula.
Downey introduces his discussion by emphasizing the meaning of civility. He argues that too much emphasis is placed on increases in...