Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics (GURT) 2001

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208 pp., 6 x 9
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ISBN: 9780878409044 (0878409041)


March 2003
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Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics series
Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics (GURT) 2001
Linguistics, Language, and the Real World: Discourse and Beyond
Deborah Tannen and James E. Alatis, Editors

GURT is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the world's star gatherings for scholars in the fields of language and linguistics. In 2001, the best from around the world in the disciplines of anthropological linguistics and discourse analysis meet to present and share the latest research on linguistic analysis and to address real-world contexts in private and public domains. The result is this newest, invaluable 2001 edition of the Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics. This volume brings together the plenary speakers only, all leaders in their fields, showcasing discourse contexts that range from medical interactions to political campaigns, from classroom discourse and educational policy to current affairs, and to the importance of everyday family conversations. The contributors expand the boundaries of discourse to include narrative theory, music and language, laughter in conversation, and the ventriloquizing of voices in dialogue.

Frederick Erickson explores the musical basis of language in an elementary school classroom; Wallace Chafe analyzes laughter in conversation. William Labov examines narratives told to South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, while Deborah Schiffrin compares multiple accounts of Holocaust narratives, and Alessandro Duranti considers competing speaker and audience interpretations during a political candidate's campaign tour. Robin Lakoff uncovers contrasting narratives shared by different cultural groups with respect to such current events as the O.J. Simpson trial. Deborah Tannen examines the integration of power and connection in family relationships, while Heidi Hamilton considers accounts that diabetic patients give their doctors. Shirley Brice Heath looks at discourse strategies used by policymakers to deny research findings, and G. Richard Tucker and Richard Donato report on a successful bilingual program.


Deborah Tannen is university professor and professor of linguistics at Georgetown University. She has been McGraw Distinguished Lecturer at Princeton University. Her many books include Talking Voices: Repetition, Dialogue, and Imagery in Conversational Discourse; Gender and Discourse; Conversational Style: Analyzing Talk Among Friends; You Just Don't Understand; and, most recently, I Only Say This Because I Love You. She has received a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Her work has been translated into 29 languages.

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