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Syntax and Ethics: Voices of Nonnative English-Speaking Teachers in American Classrooms


School of Communications


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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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."

Conference Name

National Communication Association Annual Convention

Conference Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

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