Workshop on Meaning – Robert Leonard, Ph.D.

Harrison White and Corinne Kirchner, co-organizers of the “Workshop on Meaning: Language and Socio-cultural Processes” are pleased to announce: Robert Leonard, Ph.D. Chair, Department of Comparative Literature and Linguistics, Hofstra University “Testing Linguistic Theory In Surprising Places: Food Behavior in a Swahili City-State and a Federal Extortion Case in a Texas Court”

Abstract: What do those real-world settings have in common? Answer: Both involve meaningful behaviors, and both have been studied as systems of meaning by Robert Leonard. Leonard has conducted field research for seven years in Swahili-speaking Africa, observing the organization of meaning in and outside of language. In recent years, as a sought-after Forensic Linguist, he has applied linguistic theory in hotly-contested court situations where the shape of people’s lives depended on his conclusions, as we will hear about an accused oilman in the Texas case.


Monday February 23, 2009

4.00-6.00pm at Fayerweather Hall 411.

All are welcome.

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP appreciated, to: Anna Zamora (


SAVE THE DATE: Mon., March 23: Sally McConnell-Ginet, Cornell U.

For papers related to R. Leonard’s 2/23/09 presentation, check on the ISERP website.