Department of Huh?

The dialectic between pragmatics and metapragmatics is the way in which

explicit metapragmatic registers instantiated in metapragmatic discourse encapsulate ideologies of language use and play an obvious role in the institutionalization of discursive mechanisms of society.

This is from Michael Silverstein, a linguistic anthropologist and somebody who I have to read for a degree requirement. Life could be worse, I guess…

One thought on “Department of Huh?

  1. My advice: Threaten to circulate this gem even more widely if your grade in his class does not turn out to be satisfactory.

    PS I am against the death penalty in general but I might consider exceptions for those guilty of atrocious writing.

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