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

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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.

Table of Contents

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 Deborah Tannen Frederick Erickson Wallace Chafe William Labov Deborah Schiffrin Alessandro Duranti Robin Tolmach Lakoff Heidi E. Hamilton Shirley Brice Heath G. Richard Tucker Richard Donato

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About the Author

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.

208 pp., 6 x 9

Mar 2003

208 pp., 6 x 9

ISBN: 978-0-87840-904-4
Mar 2003

208 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-58901-856-3
Mar 2003

Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics series

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