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ERIC Number: ED354550
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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Deja Vu All Over Again.
Dance, Frank E. X.
For over 40 years, there has been a sustained and persistent effort to remove any reference to speech or spoken language from the name of the Speech Communication Association. The term "speech" has received constant criticism, mainly on political grounds, and has given way to today's more prevalent term of "communication." By giving in to the call to get rid of reference to speech, the Association would be engaging in complicity with political oppression. From the Association's inception in 1892, the official name had been altered at least four times until 1946, when it officially became the "Speech Association of America." In 1970 it became the "Speech Communication Association," but in 1976, 1984, 1989 and 1992, moves were made to change the name. The latter three occasions each involved a move to change the name officially to the "American Communication Association," and each time the moves failed. Despite various theoretical arguments for and against the term "speech" being used in the Association's name, there are no sufficient reasons yet for dropping "Speech" from the title. Until a definitive argument explains to the satisfaction of all just why the term "speech" is unworthy, it should remain in place as part of the Association's title. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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