Saturday January 6, 2007
The Word of the Day for those of you attending the LSA Meeting is plenary. You've all heard of plenary sessions, but I'll bet the great majority of you don't know what the word means. Well, the OED defines it as:
2. a. Of an assembly, conference, etc.: having all members in attendance; fully constituted, fully assembled; esp. attended by all participants, who otherwise meet in smaller groups. Now freq. in plenary session.
Get that? It means that when there's a plenary session, you're supposed to be there. If you're not, you're a bad linguist. For example, I didn't attend Friday evening's plenary address, and you know what? I'm a bad linguist.
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