Date: Fri, 29 Mar 1996 12:43:11 -0500 From: E Wayles Browne Subject: Re: discussant On Fri, 29 Mar 1996, SETH SKLAREY wrote: > I am intrigued by the word "discussant" below. This is the first instance > of its use I have seen. Any previous use? Apparently > discussant=panelist=discusser > > Seth Sklarey > crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] > > ==================== > > I would very much appreciate recommendations (including self-recommendations) > for a qualified person to be a discussant for a panel I am chairing on > "Computer-Mediated Conversation" for the 5th International Pragmatics > Conference in Mexico City this July. The ideal discussant would be an ..... Not quite the same as a panelist. I've been a discussant at various linguistics meetings. The idea that is one or more panelists/speakers/ participants give their papers, and then the discussant comments on their papers (criticizes, clarifies, adds further information, gives his/her own opinion). So they're all panelists, but the discussant doesn't present a paper in the same way that the others do. Wayles Browne, Dept. of Linguistics, Cornell Univ.