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Linguistics: making sense from noise

Language is a ubiquitous part of our lives, yet most of us give little conscious thought to the many linguistic choices we make every day.  Why do we sound the way we do, and choose the words we say?  How do other people perceive our speech?  What’s so difficult about adopting a universal language?  Is it ‘octopi’ or ‘octopuses’?  ‘Laurel’ or ‘Yanny’?

In this talk, Professor Lin will present an overview of the world of language research as viewed through the eyes of a linguist.  With a mixture of live demonstration and lecture, we’ll discuss two methods linguists commonly employ to study human language, then use these methods to explore the challenges and virtues of linguistic diversity.

Speaker: Susan Lin, UC Berkeley

Thursday, 03/14/19


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