Presentation Title: Do you buy organic? : How semantics has transformed the word "organic"

Section: Language and meaning II

Location: , 220

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 11:35am - 11:50am


The word organic gets thrown around a lot, be it in packaging, advertising, scholarly writing, or daily speech. Data taken from all of these sources reveal that this word, technically an adjective, has taken on the grammatical role of a noun. Specific linguistic tools have been used by interested parties in the organic movement to effect this transformation, which reveals a great deal about the nature of semantic change in the modern world as well as the ways that language both shapes and reveals the way we think about our food. 

Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Area: Independent Scholar

Presentation Topic: Communication

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Presenter Information
Presenter(s): Dodd, April Elaine
Major(s): Linguistics
Class Year(s): 2013

Sponsor(s): Barashkov, Andrei N.
Dept(s): Independent Scholar Program

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