Saturday, 3:30–4:45 p.m., 303, JW Marriott
Understanding, Misunderstanding, and the Critique of Language as a Code
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.