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Saturday, 3:30–4:45 p.m., 303, JW Marriott

Understanding, Misunderstanding, and the Critique of Language as a Code

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Program arranged by the forum LSL Language and Society. Presiding: Ken Hirschkop, Univ. of Waterloo

Speakers: A. Suresh Canagarajah, Penn State Univ., University Park; Ken Hirschkop; Maria L. J. Lauret, Univ. of Sussex; Mary Louise Pratt, New York Univ.; Vershawn Ashanti Young, Univ. of Waterloo

Structuralist linguistics turned language into a code. The theoretical and practical consequences of this model, however, have led scholars in linguistics, writing studies, and the philosophy of language to question it. Panelists will explore alternative explanations of what goes on when we understand, or fail to understand, the discourse of others and the models of language these explanations imply.

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