Interlanguage Communication: Mishaps of Misunderstood Language (9/30/09; 5/7-5/11, 2010)

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Interlanguage Communication: Mishaps of Misunderstood Language

41st Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-11, 2010
Hilton Bonaventure – Montreal, Quebec

This panel will consider the relevance of interlanguage to composition and the teaching of English. The term, used to refer to the transitional competence of language users, enables us to interpret misuse in positive terms. In contrast to the positive, might words be "weapons" when used inappropriately or ineffectively? Can misuse or misunderstanding of language cause drastically negative effects? How might interlanguage be converted into a praxis that facilitates the negotiation of standard English and/or academic discourse?

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Deadline: September 30, 2009

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Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel; however, panelists can only present one paper. Convention participants may present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.