Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research
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Nov. 14 (Thurs.), 2002, 4:00-5:30PM, Berger Gallery, 207 College Hall

Presentation Title: GRAMMATICAL CONSTRUCTIONS AND THEIR DISCOURSE ORIGINS: PROTOTYPE OR FAMILY RESEMBLANCE?

AGENDA: A Presentation by Dr. PAUL J. HOPPER, Thomas S. Baker Professor of Rhetoric and Linguistics at Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Hopper has published and lectured widely on both theoretical and applied issues in Linguistics and Rhetoric. Most recently, he lectured in Paris at the Ecole Pratique des Haute Etudes, at the Center National des Recherches Scientifiques, and at the College de France and was awarded the Medal of the College de France. Along with linguistics and qualitative methods, his research interests include Wittgenstein, Bakhtin, Postmodernism, and other current philosophical and cultural issues. His presentation will concern qualitative methods in linguistic research.

Minutes

Dr. PAUL J. HOPPER, Thomas S. Baker Professor of Rhetoric and Linguistics at Carnegie Mellon University, presented a paper entitled GRAMMATICAL CONSTRUCTIONS AND THEIR DISCOURSE ORIGINS: PROTOTYPE OR FAMILY RESEMBLANCE? The paper centered on the debate between those who view language as forms of rhetoric (Professor Hopper’s position) and those who, like Noam Chomsky, see it as based on innate cognitive structures specific to language. Around 20 people attended Professor Hopper’s presentation. The presentation was followed by a lively and profitable discussion of difficult material.