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Conference organization

  1. Computational Rhetoric Workshop: Computing Figures / Figuring Computers II. 12-14 August 16. University of Waterloo. A multidisciplinary,threee-day intensive workshop on the intersection of computation and rhetoric. Addresses by Chrysanne Di Marco, Marie Dubremetz, Randy Harris, Daniel Hromada, Ashley Rose Kelly [now Mehlenbacher], John Lawrence, Jelena Mitrović, Cliff O'Reilly, Michael Ullyot, and Ying Yuan.
  2. Computational Rhetoric Workshop: Computing Figure / Figuring Computers. 31 July 14. University of Waterloo's CIGI Campus. A multidisciplinary, one-day intensive workshop on the intersection of computation and rhetoric. Keynotes by Chrysanne Di Marco, Randy Harris, Omar Nafees, and Michael Ullyot. Raw footage of accompanying webcast.
  3. Literature, Rhetoric, and Values. 3-5 June 11. University of Waterloo. A three-day conference to foster productive interdisciplinary exchanges on the nexus of values with literature and rhetoric, broadly conceived. Highlights include a plenary discussion between Barry Brummett and Christopher Hitchens on the cultural value of religion, moderated by Jian Ghomeshi; and keynote addresses by Carolyn R. Miller, James Phelan, and Barry Brummett. Video of the Hitchens/Brummett debate.
  4. Cognitive Allegory Workshop. 26 June 09. St. Jeromes University and the University of Waterloo. A multidisciplinary, international one-day intensive workshop on the cognitive underpinnings of allegory, which brought together medievalists who work specifically on allegorical texts with rhetoricians, literary theorists, psychologists, and philosophers who focus on representations of knowledge. Keynotes by Mary Thomas Crane, Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr., and Paul Thagard.

Keynote addresses

  1. Rhetorical schemes and algorithms. Logic and Algorithms in Computational Linguistics 2021 (LACompLing2021). 16 December 21.
  2. “You can take the linguist out of MIT, but you can’t take MIT out of the linguist:” Construction Grammar and Rhetorical Schemes. LACUS 2019. St. Jerome's University, Waterloo, 23 July 19.
  3. Form-Function dyads and computational rhetoric. CMNA XVII - Computational Models of Natural Argument. Strand campus, King's College, London.16 June 17.
  4. Computers, cognition, chiasmus; chiasmus, cognition, computers. Computers Figuring / Figuring Computers II: A Workshop on Computational Rhetoric.12 August 16. University of Waterloo Davis Centre. Accompanying webcast.
  5. Construction Grammar, rhetorical figures, computational linguistics. Computers Figuring / Figuring Computers: A Workshop on Computational Rhetoric. 31 July 14. University of Waterloo CIGI Campus MRP 142. Accompanying webcast.
  6. The antimetabole construction. The 12th ArgDiaP [Argumentation Dialogue Persuasion] Conference. 21 May 14. Staszic Palace, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw.
  7. Rhetoric, incommensurability, and the curious case of David Brewster. Incommensurability 50. 3 June 12. National Taiwan University.
  8. Two failed metaphors: Incommensurability does not obtain For the Halloran Symposium 2003. Troy, 2 May 03.
  9. A new career path: voice user interfaces and technical communication For the Southwestern Ontario chapter of the Society for Technical Communicators. Davis Centre, University of Waterloo, 3 April 01
  10. Linguistics, usability, and technical communication. Awards ceremony of the combined Toronto, Toronto-West, and Southwestern Ontario chapters of the Society for Technical Communication. The Old Mill Inn, Toronto, 1 April 95.

Invited talks, conference presentations, guest lectures

  1. New rhetorical figures?! 2024. RhetCanada. Congress. McGill University, Montreal Quebec.
  2. Burkean Parlour: How will artificial intelligence affect the practice, study, or teaching of rhetoric? (One of three opening provocateurs, with Jonathan Doering and Shannon Lodoen.) 2023. RhetCanada. Congress. York University, Toronto ON, 30 May.
  3. Rhetorical figures and emergent syntax. 2023. RhetCanada. Congress. York University, Toronton ON, 1 June. 
  4. Human-like linguistic generalizations and rhetorical figuration. 2023. PasDaS Summit 2023. Universität Passau, Passau, Germany. 31 March.
  5. Transformations and Truthiness: Chomsky Arguing with Searle. 2023. The Institute of Argumentation, Linguistics and Semiotics (IALS), Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland. 17 January. 
  6. “If you press a stone with your finger, the finger is also pressed by the stone:” What computational linguists need to know about rhetoric. 2022. Royal Society of Canada Celebration of Excellence and Engagement (COEE2022), University of Calgary, 24 November.
  7. Towards a unified multilingual ontology for rhetorical figures. 2022. With Yetian Wang (senior author), Ramona Kühn, and Jelena Mitrović. KEOD [Knowledge Engineering and Ontology Development] 22, Valleta, Malta, 24 October.
  8. "im gonna destroy the world before it destroys me:" Rhetoric and Construction Grammar. 2022. RhetCanada. With Huini Chen (senior author) and Romina Hashemi. Virtual. 1 June.
  9. Beauty and truth, truth and beauty: Chiasmus and the Keats heuristic. 2021. SJDM (The Society for Judgment and Decision Making) 2021. With Mane Kara-Yakoubian (senior author), Alexander C. Walker, Garni A. Assadourian, and Jonathan A. Fugelsang. Virtual. 12 December.
  10. An ontology for ploke: Rhetorical figures of lexical repetition. 2021. With Yetian Wang (senior author), and Daniel Berry. Proceedings of the Joint Ontology Workshops 2021. The Research Centre for Knowledge and Data of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. 17 September.
  11. Chiasmus and the Keats effect. 2021. With Mane Kara-Yakoubian (senior author), Alexander C. Walker, Garni A. Assadourian, Danielle Bisnar Griffin, and Jonathan A. Fugelsang. RhetCanada. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 'at' the University of Alberta (remote); accepted for RhetCanada 2020, at Western University in London Ontario; postponed due to COVID–19 pandemic.
  12. Kairos and racism: The rise of Jagmeet Singh. 2021. RhetCanada. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 'at' the University of Alberta (remote); accepted for RhetCanada 2020, at Western University in London Ontario; postponed due to COVID–19 pandemic.
  13. Chomsky and Searle, revolutions and rules. 2021.  Henry Sweet Colloquium. University of Westminister, London, UK (remote). 23 April 21.
  14. GoFigure: Citizen Science meets the gamification of rhetoric. 2020. With AC Atienza (Senior author), Danielle Bisnar Griffin, and Flora Chan. Play On! in Montreal, Quebec, McGill University Library 13 May 20; accepted and scheduled but conference subsequently canceled due to COVID–19 pandemic.
  15. Gamifying the study of rhetorical figures in the undergraduate rhetorical studies curriculum. 2020.
    With Danielle Bisnar Griffin (senior author), and Flora Chan, Northeast Modern Languages Association in Boston, MA, USA, 7 March 20.
  16. Cognitive modeling in computational rhetoric: Litotes, containment and the unexcluded middle. 2020. With Jelena Mitrovíc (senior author), Cliff O’Reilly, and Michael Granitzer. ICAART (International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence), Valleta, Malta.
  17. Simulating alphabet recitation under thalamic lesions. With Martin Pham (lead author and presenter), 2019. Terry C. Stewart, and Suzanne Tyas. ExLing 2019. Lisbon, Portugal, 26 September 19.
  18. Words, words, words: The secret life of plokes. The Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation, and Rhetoric (CRRAR). University of Windsor, 11 October 19
  19. Constructions in classical grammar, classical rhetoric, and current linguistics. 2019. Henry Sweet Colloquium. University of Edinburgh, Scotland. 7 September 19.
  20. A figure is a figure is a figure: The Cognitive-computational approach to rhetorical figures. 2019. With Kyle Gerber, Danielle Bisnar Griffin, & Katherine Tu. RhetCanada 2019. University of British Columbia. 5 June 19.
  21. Chiastic iconicity. The 12th International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature. Lund University, Sweden, 4 May 19.
  22. Ploke. 2019. Department of Media, Cognition and Communication. University of Copenhagen. 30 April 19.
  23. Antimetabole and its friends. 2018. International Association for Cognitive Semiotics. Toronto ON. 15 July 18.
  24. A climactic ontology. With Cliff O’Reilly (Senior author), Yetian Wang, Katherine Tu, Sarah Bott, Paulo Pacheco, & Lilian A. Black [formerly TW Black]. International Association for Cognitive Semiotics. Toronto ON. 14 July 18.
  25. Re-Inventing rhetorical figures: Celebrating the past, building the future. 2018. Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Minneapolis, MN. 2 June 18.
  26. Scientific futures for a rhetoric of science: We do this and they do that? 2018. With David Gruber. Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Minneapolis, MN. 1 June 18.
  27. Rhetoric, neuroscience, and cognitive resilience. 2018. Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine Pre-Conference. 31 May 18
  28. Computational rhetoric begets the chiastic suite. 2018. Toronto Semiotic Circle, Victoria College, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, 11 April 18.
  29. Arguments in gradatio, incrementum and climax, a climax ontology. 2018. With Cliff O’Reilly (senior author), Yetian Wang, Katherine Tu, Sarah Bott, Paulo Pacheco, & Lilian A. Black [formerly TW Black]. CMNA XVIII - Computational Models of Natural Argument. Proceedings. 2018. Liverpool, UK, 6 April 18. 
  30. Figural logic in scientific argumentation. 2018. Soka University of America. Aliso Viejo, California. 13 February 18.
  31. Antimetabole and image schemata: Ontological and vector space models. 2017. With Cliff O’Reilly (senior author and presenter). JOWO (Joint Ontology Workshops) 2017. Free University of Bozen. Bolzano, Italy. 21 September 17.
  32. Rhetorical schemes as grammatical constructions. 2017.The 14th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (Tartu, Estonia). 12 July 17.
  33. A neurocognitive ontology of rhetorical figures. 2017. Congress. Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric. 1 June 17. Ryerson University.
  34. A cognitive ontology of rhetorical figures. 2017. With Chrysanne Di Marco, Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher, Robert Clapperton, Insun Choi, Isabel Li, Sebastian Ruan, and Cliff O’Reilly. CAOS - Cognition and Ontologies. University of Bath. 20 April 17.
  35. Antimetabole, argument, computation. 2017. Argumentation Group, Artificial Intelligence section of the Department of Computer Science, The University of `Liverpool. 20 March 17.
  36. Chiastic figures and how they argue. 2017. Centre for Argument Technology, University of Dundee. 23 March 17
  37. I called Noam Chomsky a liar. 2016. Cognitive Science Confessions: My Biggest Cognitive Science Mistake. Cognitive Science Colloquium. 7 December 16. University of Waterloo.
  38. Rhetorical figure annotation with XML. 2016. With Sebastian Ruan and Chrysanne Di Marco. CMNA XVI - Computational Models of Natural Argument. Proceedings. New York, NY, 9 July 16. Presented by Ruan and Di Marco.
  39. Ploche: Überscheme. 2016. Congress. Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric. 2 June 16. University of Calgary.
  40. The fourth master trope, antithesis. 2016. Rhetoric Society of America. 28 May 16, Atlanta, GA.
  41. This idea must die: Conceptual metaphor. 2015. This Idea Must Die Symposium. 14 December 15. AL 208, University of Waterloo.
  42. The four master schemes. Congress. 2015. Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric. 5 June 15. University of Ottawa.
  43. Scheme, trope, chroma, move. 2015. Tutorial. Interdisciplinary Graduate School on Argumentation and Rhetoric. 23 May 14. Staszic Palace, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw.
  44. Antimetabole—A comprehensive figure. 2014. Figuration across the Modalities, a panel including papers by Cameron Butt (“Classifying Rhetorical Pictures: Advertising the Northern Gateway Pipeline”), Gian Mancuso (“Procedural Figures”), and Tommy Mayberry (“G.U.Y.s and G.I.R.L.s: Embodying our Figures in Logic”) Congress. Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric. 2 June 14. Brock University.
  45. The fourth master trope. 2013. Congress. Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric. 2 June 13. University of Victoria.
  46. What are the cognitive affinities? 2012. Waterloo Ignorance Day. 6 December 12. PAS 2083, University of Waterloo.
  47. The rhetoric of science meets the science of rhetoric. 2012. Association of Rhetoric, Science, and Technology Vicentennial Celebration. 14 November 12. Orlando, Florida.
  48. Where is metaphor?! 2011. Waterloo Ignorance Day. 7 December 11. PAS 2083, University of Waterloo.
  49. Mendel's figural logic. (Presented by Robert Clapperton.) Stylistics across disciplines. 17 June 11. University of Leiden, The Netherlands.
  50. On Brendon Larson’s Metaphors for environmental sustainability. 2011. Society for Literature and Science. 23 September 11. The Museum, Kitchener ON.
  51. The RhetFig Project: Computational Rhetorics and Models of Persuasion. 2011. With Chrysanne Di Marco (presenter). CMNA XI (Computational Models of Natural Argument) 7 August 11, San Francisco, CA.
  52. Schematic organization of clinical decision-making: Findings from qualitative corpus analysis. 2011. With Olga Gladkova (senior author) and Chrysanne Di Marco. CMNA XI (Computational Models of Natural Argument) 7 August 11, San Francisco, CA.
  53. Your brain on rhetoric. 2011. Extended Learning Opportunities. 17 March 11, Erin, Ontario.
  54. Toward an ontology of rhetorical figures. 2010. With Ashley Rose Kelly [now Mehlenbacher] (senior author), Nike A. Abbott, and Chrysanne Di Marco. (Presented by Ashley Rose Kelly and Nike Abbot.) ACM-SIGDOC. 28 September. Sao Paolo, Brasil.
  55. The return of the body. 2010. Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte (Sciences of Communication Workshop). 20 March 10, Berlin, Germany.
  56. Constructing a rhetorical figuration ontology. 2009. With Chrysanne Di Marco. AISB (Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour ) 8 April 09, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  57. Commitment valence in group negotiations: The case of North Korea. 2009. With Amer Obeidi. GDN (Group Decision and Negotiation) session of CORS/INFORMS (Canadian Operational Research Society / Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences), 12 June 09, Toronto ON.
  58. Rhetoric, argumentation, and fallacies. 2009. CSME (Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators), 16 June 09, Toronto ON.
  59. An annotation tool for automatically detecting rhetorical figures. 2009. With Jakub Gawryjolek (senior author) and Chrysanne Di Marco. CMNA (Computational Models of Natural Argument) 13 July 09, Pasadena, CA
  60. Figural logic in Mendel’s Experiments in plant hybridization. 2009. The joint conference of the CSSR (Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric) and the ISHR (International Society for the History of Rhetoric), 21 July 09, Montreal.
  61. Cognition and the rhetoric of science. 2009. ARST (Association for Rhetoric of Science and Technology) pre-conference session of NCA (National Communication Association), 11 November 09, Chicago, IL
  62. Looking back, looking forward [video]; for the panel, Five years out: The rhetoric of science and technology looks to its past and future, NCA (National Communication Association), 14 November 09, Chicago, IL
  63. Cognitive dimensions of the universal audience, 2008. The Promise of Reason: The New Rhetoric after Fifty Years, 18 May 08, University of Oregon.
  64. Coduction and the incommensurability of values, 2008. Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric, 4 June 08, University of British Columbia.
  65. Knowing Mendel, Mendel knowing. 2007. 26 October 07, 232 Hagey Hall, University of Waterloo.
  66. Crossing Mendel. 2007. For SAGE (Student Association of Graduates in English), 15 June 07, University of Waterloo.
  67. Cognitive rhetoric and the genesis of genetics. 2007. 10 January 07. Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh.
  68. Using blogs to promote discussion. 2005. Presentation for "Blogging and Academic Life," 18 April 05, Flex lab, LT3, University of Waterloo.
  69. Figuring brains: rhetoric, cognition, children’s literature and oral poetry. 2003. Lecture to language scholars visiting from Jiangsu Province, China, 6 November 03. University of Waterloo.
  70. Rhetoric and the commensurability of values 2003. For Inventio. Waterloo, 8 August 03.
  71. Rhetoric and the incommensurability of values For ILL@25 2003. Windsor, 15 May 03.
  72. Comentary on Nicholas Shackel's 'Two rhetorical manouevres: Vacuity of post modernist methodology. For ILL@25 2003. Windsor, 17 May 03.
  73. Kuhn, Feyerabend, rhetoric and incommensurable argumentation. 2003. Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, 2003. Honolulu, 2 January 03.
  74. The problem of incommensurability. 2002. Introduction to a panel discussion, Rhetoric and incommensurability.  Rhetoric Society of America. Las Vegas, 23 May 02.
  75. (Anti-)anthropomorphism and interface design. 2002. With Paula Loewen (and presented by her). For CATTW , Toronto, 27 May 02.
  76. Rhetoric and the incommensurability of values. With Lara Varpio (and presented by her). For CSSR 2002. Toronto, 27 May 02.
  77. Voice interface design. 2001. For the WatCHI panel discussion, UW perspectives on HCI. Davis Centre 1304, University of Waterloo, 23 November 01.
  78. Themata, Topoi, Knowledge. 2000. National Communication Association Convention. Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, 9 November 00.
  79. Reading the RST Literature—The Scholarly Conversation. 2000. National Communication Association Convention. Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, 9 November 00.
  80. On Scott Montgomery's 'Science by Other Means—Japanese Science and the Politics of Translation.' 2000. National Communication Association Convention. Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, 10 November 00.
  81. Human Factor in Information Design. 2000. For the University of Toronto course, The Principles of Information Design. Faculty of Information Studies building, 30 October 00.
  82. Rhetorical Hermeneutics through Thick and Thin. 1999. For the University of Waterloo Philosophy Department. Board Room, Hagey Hall, University of Waterloo, 9 April 99.
  83. Enthymemes, Markedness, and Incommensurability. 1998. National Communication Association Conference. (Delivered by Thomas Lessl.) Gibson Suite, New York Hilton, 23 November 98.
  84. Pervasiveness and Productivity of Rhetoric in Science. 1997. For IF, the University of Waterloo Interdisciplinary Forum. Board Room, Hagey Hall, University of Waterloo, 25 March 97.
  85. University of Waterloo's Rhetoric/Language and Professional Writing Programmes. 1995. For the combined Southwestern Ontario Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication and the Grand Valley Chapter of the International Association of Business Communication. Davis Centre, University of Waterloo, 5 October 95.
  86. Artificial Languages. OAC (Ontario Academic Credit) talk, Board Room, Hagey Hall, University of Waterloo, 13 April 95.
  87. Rhetoric of Science. 1995. Philosophy Department Spring Colloquium series. Board Room, Hagey Hall, University of Waterloo, 19 May 95.
  88. Notational Variants, Restrictiveness, and Grammaticality. 1995. Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto, 10 February 95.
  89. Testing Usability Testing. Southwestern Ontario Society for Technical Communication. Davis Centre, University of Waterloo, 2 February 95.
  90. Teaching Science Writing to Technical Communication Students. 1994. Canadian Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, University of Calgary, 10 June 94.
  91. Workshop for The University of Waterloo Third Conference on Quality in Documentation: Usability Concepts and Procedures: A Do-it-yourself Usability Kit. 1993. Davis Centre, University of Waterloo, 3 July 93.
  92. Cognitive Science Series: "The Chomskyan Revolution, Parts 1 and 2." 1993. Engineering 2, University of Waterloo, 15 & 22 February 93.
  93. SAGE Brown-Bag series on Professional Issues: "Getting Published." 1992. Hagey Hall, University of Waterloo, 10 October 92.
  94. Ethos and the power of Syntactic structures. 1989 Rhetoric Society of America, Arlington, TX. 89.
  95. Acoustic dimensions of functor comprehension in Broca's aphasia. With Lois Marckworth Stanford. 1985. The Western Conference on Linguistics. University of Oregon, 85.

Referee and adjudicate

  • Book manuscripts and proposals, for Oxford University Press, Routledge / Taylor & Francis, University of Chicago Press, John Benjamins, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Irwin Publishing, The MIT Press, Morgan Kauffman Publishers, Michigan State University Press, etc.
  • Articles, for Argument & Computation, Cognitive Semiotics, European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, Isis, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Technical Communication Quarterly, Technostyle / Rhetorica, Historiographica Linguistica, etc.
  • Grant applications, for Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung ( FWF; Austria), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK), National Science Center (NSC, Poland), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI, UK), Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology, etc.
  • Scholarship applications, for Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS).
  • Conference papers and Abstracts for Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine, CogSci (Annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society), Computational Models of Natural Argumentation, International Association for Cognitive Semiotics, RhetCanada, SigDoc (Annual meeting of the Special Interest Group on Documentation, of the Association for Computing Machinery), etc. 

Random acts of punditry

Interviewed (TV, radio, podcasts, etc) on:

  • Linguistics and the brain, for Laurier Radio's The Scholar's Podcast (27 February  2019)
  • Association for Rhetoric Science and Technology Oral History Project (15 April 2013); apparently this one features what my wife calls my "Einstein hair," a bit of hyperbole but appropriate given the topic. It is available on YouTube.
  • US Presidential Election Rhetoric 2012: Analysis and Discussion, for the Rawal TV show Contemporary Issues (22 November 2012), hosted by Atif Mir. It is available on YouTube.
  • US Presidential Election Rhetoric 2012: Obama vs. Romney, for the Rawal TV show Contemporary Issues (6 November 2012), hosted by Atif Mir. It is available on YouTube.
  • Bullshit and Truth, for the Rawal TV show Contemporary Issues (18 December 2011), hosted by Atif Mir. It is available on YouTube (4 episodes).
  • Lies, Rhetoric and Truthiness, for CBC's The Current (National; 1 October 2008)
  • Clichés, for CKCO (the story ran locally in Kitchener-Waterloo, and was picked up nationally, running several times on CTV Newsnet, and appearing on Canada AM; January 2007). It is available on YouTube.
  • Text-messaging and spelling conventions, for CKCO (the story ran locally in Kitchener-Waterloo; August 2006)

Quoted (in print) as a:

  • History of linguistics authority in Evan Goldstein, "Who Framed George Lakoff?," The Chronicle of Higher Education (15 August 2008)
  • Voice-interaction authority in Janie Iadipaolo's voice-interaction article for Customer Management Insight (January 2007)
  • Linguistics authority in Bill Bean "Hey," for the KW Record (3 March 007), which was picked up by the Cranbrook Daily Townsman, (Cranbrook BC, 30/3/07), The Tribune (Welland ON, 31/3/07), The Journal-Pioneer (Summerside PEI, 31/3/07), The Nugget (North Bay ON, 31/03/07), and The Sault Star(Sault Ste Marie ON, 31/03/07); in Scott Heller, "Linguistics on the defensive at Harvard," The chronicle of higher education (27/10/93):A8.
  • Voice-interaction authority in Naomi Grattan, "Ask your phone," Intercom (July 2001)
  • Pinko subversive in Peter C. Emberleys "Hot-button politics on campus", The Globe and Mail (27 July 96), and in the book that essay comes from, Zero tolerance: Hot button politics in Canada's universities(Penguin Canada, 1996). (The quote is out of context and a wilful misinterpretation, but I was honoured to find myself as one of Emberleys enemies.)
  • Technical and scientific writing authority in Robert R. Armstrong, "Find a way with words," Rensselaer (March 1988:8-9); in Hugh Marsh, "With friends like this, ..." Shell, the newsletter of the Santa Barbera chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (October 1993:6)
  • Usability authority in Neil Randall, "A look at usability testing," Windows (September, 1992:174).

Consulted for the:

  • "Linguistics" entry for the American New Book Encyclopedia, 1999.
  • Discovery Channel documentary The road from silence (Tinsel Media Productions, Edmonton Alberta), 1995-96.
  • "Structuralism" entry for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia, 2019.

Other stuff

  • Editorial Board Member for Routledge Handbook of Descriptive Rhetorical Studies and World Languages (Lead editors, Weixiao Wei and James Schnell), 2023
  • RhetCanada Advisory Committee member, 2021-
  • Consultant for The Garden of Rhetorica, Soochow University, 2019-
  • Member of Scientific Advisory Board for The Centre of Argument Technology, 2015-
  • Editorial Board Member for Cognition & culture, 2009-
  • Invited participant in the University of Waterloo Arts Alumni Great Debate (taking the negative side of the question, Is gender dead?), 1995
  • Editorial Board Member for The Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 1992-2012.
  • Mentor Graduate Student teachers (Kathleen Venema, Teena Carnegie, Tracy Whalen, James Allard, Sheila Hannon, Mark Wallin, Olga Gladkova, Saeed Sabzian)

Biographical entries in:

  • Contemporary authors (Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Publishing). Annual. Added 2000.
  • International authors and writers who's who (London, England : Europa Publications [Taylor & Francis]. Annual. Added 1995, with 14th ed.
  • Killam scholars who's who (entry 1179 in the first edition, 1777 in the second).
  • Lexington who's who. (Lanham, MD: Lexinginton Books [Rowman &Littlefield]). Biannual. Added 1995.