Sophisticated, complex, and numerous, rhetorical figures from antimetabole to zeugma have been rich resources for communication, literature and argumentation for over two millennia.
The Department of English Language and Literature and the David Cheriton School of Computer Science present a workshop on the intersection of computers and rhetorical figures. Digital technologies can both chart the subtleties of rhetorical figures and, in turn, deploy them to chart out the textual universe. Genre detection, sentiment detection, authorship attribution, argument analysis — wherever there are words, there are figures. Wherever there are figures, there are patterns. Wherever there are patterns, there are purposes to detect, diagnose, and critique.
The workshop will feature talks by and discussion with scholars from a variety of fields, including the following:
Chris Reed, University of Dundee
Chrysanne DiMarco, University of Waterloo
Daniel Devatman Hromada, Slovak University of Technology and University Paris 8
Ying Yuan, Soochow University
Randy Allen Harris, University of Waterloo
Jelena Mitrović, University of Belgrade
Ashley Kelly, University of Waterloo
Cliff O’Reilly, Anglia Ruskin University
Marie Dubremetz, Uppsala University
Michael Ullyot, University of Calgary
You can also catch the event via webcast.
$80, regular faculty and salaried employees
$50, students, contract faculty, and contract employees
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1