Geoffrey Nunberg

LSA 131: The language of public discourse

Geoffrey Nunberg teaches at the UC Berkeley School of Information. His linguistics research has focussed on semantics and pragmatics (particularly polysemy and deixis), written language structure, language policy, the language of politics, and the cultural and linguistic implications of digital technologies. For many years he has done a regular feature on language on the NPR show "Fresh Air" and his commentaries on language and politics have appeared frequently in the New York Times, as well as in a number of other periodicals. His most recent books are Talking Right (2005), about the language of American politics, and The Years of Talking Dangerously (Spring, 2009), a collection of essays on language in the Bush era. A longer bio is available at his homepage.

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