Thursday, 3 January, 7:00–8:15 p.m., Republic Ballroom, Sheraton
Program arranged by the Office of the Executive Director
Presiding: Rosemary G. Feal, MLA
Speakers: Dennis E. Baron, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana; Michael Erard, South Portland, ME
Trained as a linguist, Michael Erard writes for publications such as Science, the New York Times, and Wired about language study and use, and culture and technology. His recent book, Babel No More, examines hyperpolyglots. Dennis Baron’s research focuses on language legislation and linguistic rights, language standards, and technologies of communication. His latest work, A Better Pencil, studies how computers have influenced reading and writing practices.