Dr. Bruce Fraser on “The Language of Bullying in the Workplace”.

15 June 2014, 12:00 am

The PhD. in Language and Communication Program of Hellenic American College, in cooperation with Hellenic American University (Manchester, NH, USA), organized a public lecture by Professor Bruce Fraser entitled “The Language of Bullying in the Workplace”.

The lecture took place, on Thursday, June 12th at 7:00 pm in the 2nd floor Auditorium, at 22 Massalias Street in Athens.

Professor Fraser provided the following abstract of his talk:

“Bullying has become a preoccupation with all strata of American society today. Children as young as five and grandparents as old as 80 have been accused of bullying. Though much as been done in the schools to address it, very little has been done in the workplace. In this talk I will explore bullying in the workplace by examining what bullying is, how bullies use language to intimidate, consider some problematic cases of bullying, and then turn to how individuals in the public eye attempt to bully one another”.

Dr. Fraser is Professor of Linguistics & Education at Boston University. After earning his Ph.D. from MIT, he founded and directed the Language Research Foundation. He later joined the faculty at Boston University, where, with Prof. Paula Menyuk, the Applied Linguistics program was created. His primary, current research is in Pragmatics, and specifically the role of discourse markers in language and the extent to which they have similar functions across languages. In addition, he is a mediator/arbitrator and studies the language of conflict.