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RSVP now (link below) for the second Sabbatical Lunch of 2018. Join us at 12:30 p.m. on February 14th in the Marshall Room for a talk by John Schmit, Department of English.
This sabbatical project titled “Constructing a Written Identity” combines two disciplinary areas–sociolinguistics and rhetoric–by focusing on social status and written identity. The manuscript in progress explores language use through a series of concerns addressing language varieties: codes, registers, dialects, and the use of Standard English. It also explores differences among written genres and the demands of communication within disciplinary boundaries. These concerns combine as manifestations of social power and powerlessness that derive from a writer’s self-presentation in discourse.