Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics (GURT) 2000: Linguistics, Language, and the Professions

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288 pp., 6 x 9
ISBN: 9780878403738 (0878403736)

May 2002

Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics series


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Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics (GURT) 2000: Linguistics, Language, and the Professions
Education, Journalism, Law, Medicine, and Technology
James E. Alatis, Heidi E. Hamilton, and Ai-Hui Tan, Editors

The 2000 Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics brought together distinguished linguists from around the globe to discuss applications of linguistics to important and intriguing real-world issues within the professions. With topics as wide-ranging as coherence in operating room communication, involvement strategies in news analysis roundtable discussions, and jury understanding of witness deception, this resulting volume of selected papers provides both experts and novices with myriad insights into the excitement of cross-disciplinary language analysis. Readers will find—in the words of one contributor—that in such cross-pollination of ideas, "there's tremendous hope, there's tremendous power and the power to transform."

James E. Alatis is distinguished professor of linguistics and modern Greek, and dean emeritus, School of Languages and Linguistics at Georgetown University, as well as director of the MAT Program and department vice-chair.

Heidi E. Hamilton is associate professor of sociolinguistics at Georgetown University.

Ai-Hui Tan is the coordinator of the Georgetown Round Table on Languages and Linguistics, 2000.
"This comprehensive volume provides both scholars and practitioners with an overview of the most recent and important research in the field of professional discourse. The many aspects of communication between insiders and outsiders and between professionals and their clients illustrate the complexity of such discourses and provide essential modes of understanding. This book is a 'must' for anyone working in this field!"—Ruth Wodak, professor of linguistics, University of Vienna, Austrian Academy of Science

"Language is at the heart of professional work. Here is a book that shows what can be achieved when expert linguists really engage with professional practice across a wide terrain."—Nikolas Coupland, Professor and Chair, Centre for Language and Communication Research, Cardiff, Wales

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Introduction to the volume
James E. Alatis, Georgetown University

Welcoming Remarks
Heidi E. Hamilton, Georgetown University

Plenary speeches

The talk of learning professional work
Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University

Linguistics, education, and the Ebonics firestorm
John R. Rickford, Stanford University

Dateline, deadline: Journalism, language, and the reshaping of time and place in the millenial world
Alan Bell, Auckland University of Technology

Breaking into language and law: The trials of the insider-linguist
Roger W. Shuy, Georgetown University

The (socio)linguistic turn in physician-patient communication research
Richard M. Frankel, The Fetzer Institute, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Holy tower of Babel: The language and linguistics of machines
Lee Lubbers, SJ, Satellite Communications for Learning (SCOLA)

Selected Conferences Papers

Language policy and mother-tongue education in South Africa:
The case for a market-oriented approach
Nkonko M. Kamwangamalu, University of Natal, South Africa

Language mixing at home and school in a multilingual community
(Mandra Mountains, Cameroon)
Leslie C. Moore, University of California, Los Angeles

Exploring children's spontaneous accomplishments of reading activity
Laura Sterponi, University of California, Los Angeles

Involvement strategies in news analysis roundtable discussions
Stacy Krainz, State University of New York at Buffalo

Helping a jury understand witness deception
David Singleton, University of Texas at Arlington

Coherence in operating room tea and cockpit communication:
A psycholinguistic contribution to applied linguistics
Patrick Grommes and Rainer Dietrich, Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin, Germany

Linguistic approaches in information retrieval of medical texts
Anne-Marie Currie, Jocelyn Cohan and Larisa Zlatic, Synthesys Technologies, Inc.

Linguistics and speech-language pathology: Combining research efforts towards improved interventions for bilingual children
Adele W. Miccio, Carol Scheffner Hammer and Almeida Jacqueline Toribio, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park


GURT 2000 closing panel discussion, May 6, 2000
Heidi E. Hamilton

Appendix A

Individual presentations and colloquia at GURT 2000

James E. Alatis Heidi E. Hamilton Shirley Brice Heath John R. Rickford Allan Bell Roger W. Shuy Richard M. Frankel Lee Lubbers Nkonko M. Kamwangamula Leslie C. Moore Laura Sterponi Stacy Krainz David Singleton Patrick Grommes Rainer Dietrich Anne-Marie Currie Jocelyn Cohan Larisa Zlatic Adele W. Miccio Carol Scheffner Hammer Almeida Jacqueline Toribio