Compassion, Curriculum, Culture, Language and Linguistics

When children learn language… they are learning the foundation of learning itself.  The distinctive characteristics of human learning is that it is a process of making meaning…. Hence the ontogenesis of language is at the same time the ontogenesis of learning.  
Halliday 1993 in Webster vol. 4 p. 327

“What I want in my life is compassion, a flow between myself and others based on a mutual giving from the heart”                                                   Marshall Rosenberg 2015

Elizabeth Thomson

Hello.  This website is the professional presence of Dr. Elizabeth A. Thomson.

It is a place for me to share my thinking and my work on compassion, curriculum, culture, language and linguistics.  I enjoy thinking about these issues and rather than keep my work in a filing cabinet, unshared,  I prefer to make it available to people to participate in knowledge building in these disciplines.

I have become very interested in the language of compassion.  I have come across the work of Dr Marshall Rosenberg, a psychologist whose work espouses nonviolent communication as a road to peace, both in our everyday lives and for society and nation states.  He teaches a style of talking which is compassionate, from the heart, with the intention to make life more wonderful for everyone concerned.

From a linguistic perspective, I understand this style as a register, a particular configuration of language for a particular context.  I am calling this an interpersonal register of compassionate talk.

Through my business, Coaching to Clarity, I have launched an online course series in the register of compassion available on the Openlearning.com platform.  It comprises three courses:

  1. Connecting Through Talk – INTRODUCTION
  2. Connecting Through Talk – THE INGREDIENTS
  3. Connecting Through Talk – BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER

Also, every now and then, I’ll blog as something will strike me as important.  I enjoy getting comments or questions on my work, so feel free to respond. At the moment, my blogging is about the register of compassion and my travels.

For learners, teachers, academics and researchers in curriculum, language and linguistics, I have made a lot of my unpublished work available.  If you use it, please cite me.  I’d be interested to know how you use it as well.  I provide the links to my published works and the publishers as well.

There are some resources which are behind a password. If you’d like to review these, drop me an email and I’ll help you out.

Enjoy.