Date: Fri, 29 Mar 1996 11:18:04 -0500

From: "Salikoko S. Mufwene" s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UCHICAGO.EDU

Subject: Re: discussant

At 9:19 AM 3/29/96, M. Lynne Murphy wrote:

i think "discussant" is pretty standard in conferences where there

are papers and reaction papers. so, there are presenters and

discussants. perhaps it's also used in cases like _current

anthropology_ and _brain and behavioral sciences_ where the same

format is put to print, but i'm not sure. (where there would be

authors and discussants, i guess.) it's certainly the noun i'd use to

refer to such people.

In the BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES the discussions are identified as

"commentaries", I think. So I would expect the authors of such discussion

essays to be "commentators", although this term seems to have been used

only for audio and visual modes of communication.



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