Re: unusual language

Beth W. Baldwin (bobaldwi@HAMLET.UNCG.EDU)
Mon, 7 Oct 1996 12:34:30 -0400

On Mon, 7 Oct 1996, Steve Krause wrote:

> Hmmm.... do you mean like the disorienting language automechanics use to
> talk about the workings of that thing that's underneath the hood of my car?
> (tells you how much _I_ know about that discourse...) Do you mean the
> jargon filled language/tools/measures chefs use on the cooking shows I like
> to watch? Or perhaps you're referring to the discourse shared among
> surfers to describe various waves and surfing practices, or the language
> used to describe rap music. Maybe you're talking about the different
> elitest language used to describe the labor of farming or coal mining or
> working on an assembly line, language that I suspect many of us would find
> confusing or alien. And so forth.

Yes, they would do nicely as examples. Thanks.

> So, the question I have is what does "elite" mean here? Seems to me that
> all jargon is pretty much context-specific, and that those of us not within
> those specific context(s) are often left in the dark.

Yes, I agree.

> As to the specifics of the _Space and Culture_ conference here: seemed
> pretty clear to me what this was about. I imagine that this is a journal
> that would be interested/take essays from a wide variety of disciplines
> from scholars interested in how "space" and "place" effect our lives. The
> description says as much:

> -- this is definately an
> "academic" journal that does not pose much of a threat to such "clear" and
> "non-elitest" (?) publications as _Time_.

It's not difficult to understand the project. I responded to the
sentence quoted by Annie.