Linguistic Anthropology

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Lingo and Niches

It'd be interesting to compare "lawyer lingo" (described by Language Log) with the allegedly obscurantist tendencies of early 1990s deconstructionists, described by a computer professional as an ecological niche. The way I see them, both phenomena relate to the connection between epistemology, communication, and social role.


Blogger John Curran said...

Alexandre-- If you're interested, there's an article which does exactly that:

Fuchs, S. & Ward, S. (1994) “What is Deconstruction, and Where and When does it Take. Place? Making Facts in Science, Building Cases in Law”
American Sociological Review 59:481-500.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Alexandre said...

Thanks for the reference. The article is on JSTOR (stable URL).
Looks like a straightforward description of different methods for deconstruction with some discussion of the terms used. One thing that interested me in Morningstar's description is the "language ideology" component of his critique. A bit like naturalizing Grice's maxims.

9:19 PM  

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