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The request below is from my good friend and colleague, Rick Kern. (For a chapter we wrote together, see I strongly encourage all Papyrus News readers to consider replying to his appeal--I'm sure it will be a great book and your stories will help make it so. Contact him at <>.

Thanks for your consideration--


Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2001 09:41:55 -0700
From: Rick Kern <>

I am writing a book on the interrelationships between language and technology, and I would be very interested in receiving anecdotes from people in different parts of the world about instances they have perceived in their own culture(s) about the ways technologies and language interact. Specifically, ways in which technologies such as writing, printing, telecommunications, and computers have had an impact on language and language use; OR, vice-versa, ways in which language and language use have influenced features of technology and/or practices that involve technological tools. All contributors would of course be cited in the eventual publication. Items can be sent by e-mail to Rick Kern at or by postal mail at the address below:

Rick Kern
French Department
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-2580 USA

Fax: (510) 642-2194

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