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OT: 2d frame-foregrounded writing system: my grade

From:Sai Emrys <saizai@...>
Date:Thursday, July 21, 2005, 13:56
A couple of you emailed me privately expressing surprise at my getting
an F (9/20) on the term paper I posted. Here's the response on my
asking why I got that grade.

I'm not sure how to respond to this. It's pretty common for Lakoff to
do this sort of deflection from authority. And I still disagree that I
deserved that low of a grade - in addition to the problem with the
late policy.

But if he is doing an authority play, I doubt he'd be amenable even to
a reasonable argument. So how can I put it such that he *would*
respond well? A point-by-point rebuttal of the things mentioned in the
comments? Pointing to the grading rubric and asking to have my grade
broken down accordingly? (He is the prof, but surely he has to grade
me in the same way as others...) Showing support from more
conlang-friendly linguistics types? (Ha, like that'll happen.) ...?


 - Sai

From: George Lakoff

Hi Sai,

>... So I guess I should turn the question to you, then - why such a >low grade?
The grade reflected the quality of the content.
>Hopefully I was not being graded by graduate standards;
No. By usual high standards of Berkeley undergrads in cognitive science and linguistics -- just like other students in the course. The grade was actually quite generous. Have a good summer, George
>---------- Forwarded message ---------- >From: ksull >Date: Jul 20, 2005 3:18 PM >Subject: RE: CogSci 101 Spring 2005 - term paper grade >To: Sai Emrys > > >Hi Sai, >Given the concerns in your end-of-term email, I traded your paper to Olya to >grade. Apparently, she then decided she didn't want to grade it and gave it >to George. You had written earlier that you wouldn't mind if George graded >the paper, so when I found out that this had happened I let it stand. George >otherwise graded only the graduate student papers and so didn't follow our >grading rubric. >Karen
>>===== Original Message From Sai Emrys ===== >>Karen - >> >>I've taken a little while to get around to this given other pressures; sorry. >> >>I would like an explanation of why I got a grade of 9/20 on the term >>paper. Given that the grade rubric attached to it is completely blank, >>and there are ony four lines of commentary, it is rather difficult to >>tell what I was marked down for. >> >>I have a copy of the version submitted to the department, btw; I can >>easily send you the entire scan of it if you like. >> >>Thanks, >> Sai >>a.k.a. Ilya Starikov