Welcome to Black Bird Linguistic Consulting. BBLC was founded in 2015 to meet the needs to those who have recognized that language is a contributing factor in much of life, from creating and adjusting writing systems for minority languages, to medical discourse analysis, to learning additional languages, to figuring out how to express ideas effectively and clearly for varying audiences, to thinking as responsibly as possible about any language material available.
Linguistics is the study of patterns in language and language use. To use an analogy: it is to the study of languages what mathematics is to the study of the natural sciences–it is the foundation that makes other studies possible and systematic.
Available services include but are not necessarily limited to the following:
- Analyses of and tutoring for those conducting language studies in particular fields, such as medicine or law
- Analyses and tutoring for those working with minority populations
- Analyses and tutoring for those engaged in specific language tasks, such as translation
- Teaching English language skills
- Teaching language-learning skills
- Teaching critical thinking skills
- Dialect coaching
Some examples of projects:
- Elicitation of some of the first written material by speakers of a minority language; results printed and used to encourage literacy development in the community.
- Fun/educational tools for minority language: statistical analysis on letter distribution in a minority language in order to create a Bananagrams-like game for the community.
- Medical discourse analysis: linguistic discourse analysis (not critical discourse analysis) for a major medical center. The analysis suggested ways in which the website could be amended to communicate with patients more effectively, ways in which doctors could better understand and respond to the implications of what patients were telling doctors, and what patterns, or lack thereof, in figurative language indicated about patients’ experiences of their illnesses, treatments, and interactions with medical personnel and caregivers.
- Academic preparation: consultation with individuals to address weaknesses in academic preparation, by beefing up writing and research sills and helping those individuals to gain or improve critical thinking skills.
- Writing system analysis: orthographic recommendations to minority communities in Indonesia who were updating their orthographies to represent their orthographies more accurately, which required some phonological analysis in collaboration with native speakers. The changes also enable the members of the community to have orthographies that are easier to use with current technologies, such as texting.
In addition, because I am a licensed speech-language pathologist, habilitational and rehabilitational language services are also available to those who live in a state where I’m currently licensed to practice.
If you would like linguistic consulting services, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and availability.