Date: Fri, 29 Mar 1996 13:08:51 EST From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: discussant Yes, as Sali predicts, the people who write (or in my case, get solicited to write but never actually get around to writing) the commentaries in the BBS Peer Review issues are called commentators, or possibly peer reviewers, but not discussants. "Discussant" or "designated discussant" has been in standard use at linguistics meetings for quite some time now, though. I remember being the designated discussant for Jim McCawley's "Unsyntax" presentation at the Milwaukee Syntax Bakeoff of 1979, and taking down from the shelf my collection of those discussion papers (the papers themselves were collected in Syntax and Semantics 12) -- "CURRENT SYNTACTIC THEORIES: Discussion Papers from the 1979 Milwaukee Syntax Conference", ed. by Michael Kac, IULC, 1980)--I read in Mike's Editor's Foreword that "Each presentation [of the 14 at the conference] was followed by remarks from an invited discussant". I think the version "DESIGNATED discussant", which I recall from the same period, was modelled after the designated hitter (the addition to the American League baseball rulebook adopted earlier in the 1970's); cf. now "designated driver". Larry ("Giving UN to Others") Horn