“Conversations” Series meeting

Thursday, Oct. 24th from 2-3 in JFSB 4010 (the Dean’s Conference Room). Four members of the Department of Linguistics and English Language — Don Chapman, Janis Nuckolls, Wendy Smemoe, and Mark Davies — will discuss the residual prescriptivism of our language practices in the university and in society more generally. This includes the political arena, where prescriptivism has been a touchy subject for supporters of Bush and Obama alike. Don’s article “You Say Nucular; I Say Yourstupid: Popular Prescriptivism in the Politics of the United States” will anchor the discussion, which should be wide-ranging and really interesting.

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