The Practical and Theoretical Implications of Defective Communication

Linguistic communication can be defective in many ways. We often fail to understand one another, we fail as cooperative communicators, or speak insincerely. The ways in which we communicate can give rise to or facilitate various harms. Such defects have many sources, and raise important theoretical and practical questions. This workshop focuses on such questions.



  • 9:30-10:45  Communicating by Miscommunicating, Chi-He Elder (East Anglia)
  • 10:45-12:00 Transformative Communicative Disruptions, Rachel Sterken (Oslo)
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00-14:15 Code Words,  Justin Khoo (MIT)
  • 14:15-15:30 My Friends, You're Gonna Love This One, Eliot Michaelson (KCL)
  • 15:30-16:00 Break
  • 16:00-17:15 Lies and Testimonial Worth, Andrew Peet (Oslo)
  • 18:00 Dinner


  • 9:30-10:45 Political Dissent in Practice: Insights from Social Theory, Rachel McKinney (Harvard)
  • 10:45-11:00 Break
  • 11:00-12:15 We Talk to People, Not Contexts Daniel Harris (CUNY)




Rachel Sterken and Andrew Peet
Published Mar. 22, 2017 9:58 AM - Last modified June 8, 2017 12:42 PM