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Report on a Symposium at Ambassador University

Academic journal article et Cetera

Report on a Symposium at Ambassador University

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D. DAVID BOURLAND, JR.*

D R. DAVID F. MAs and the English Department of Ambassador University at Big Sandy, Texas, sponsored their Third Annual Invitational General Semantics Symposium on March 31 and April 1,1996. These symposia have as their focus the enrichment of the English 412 class, which annually enjoys the attention of 20 to 30 students.

This year the symposium program began on Sunday evening with a discussion of the ZEOS Model and E-Prime based upon student comments on a monograph prepared by D. David Bourland, Jr., and made available to Dr. Maas` students at the beginning of the semester. Then Bourland and his son, Ruskin Taylor Bourland, gave a preliminary report on the development of a computer program to calculate the Crispness Index of written material which has become available in digital form. Next, Dr. Fred Tarpley, a noted educator, presented a paper entitled, "Transfusions of Meaning InterGenerational Semantics." To complete the first session, the Reverend Timothy M. Dombek, an Episcopal Priest, offered a paper on "E-Prime and the Eucharist," in which he explained the consequences of his E-Prime version of the Holy Eucharist.

Dr. Maas and his associates brought a special scholar to Ambassador for this Symposium: Dr. Ruta Marcinkeviciene, Chair of the Linguistics Department of Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania. On Monday evening she opened proceedings by giving a paper entitled, "The Verb To Be in Seeming Tautologies in Lithuanian." She and her students questioned a sample of 500 Lithuanians on their reactions to syntactic structures of the form X is X. Her results provide information on fundamentally interesting aspects of human responses to structures on the Symbol Level. Then Lila (Betsy) Bauman discussed different handlings of a 1992 news story by The New York Times and Moscow News in her paper, "The Cold War's Lingering Chill. …

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