Syntax and Ethics: Voices of Nonnative English-Speaking Teachers in American Classrooms
School of Communications
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
This paper articulates the ethical implications of syntactical maneuvering, or the invention of a minor language within language. It draws on the philosophical work of Gilles Deleuze to shed light on a fundamental aspect of our languaging practice. It promotes an alternative understanding of power: power as the capacity to affect and to be affected, with focus put on the latter, in order to advocate an ethos of self-cultivation. The paper also cautions against mistaking all syntactical maneuvering as embodying a "minor" sensibility." My SECOND presentation directly addresses the conference theme of "voice."
National Communication Association Annual Convention
New Orleans, Louisiana
Zhang, Peter, "Syntax and Ethics: Voices of Nonnative English-Speaking Teachers in American Classrooms" (2011). Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants. 234.