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What’s it all about?
What do J.R.R. Tolkien, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Amy Adams have in common? They’re all historical linguists*.
Learn about the history of language in a 75-minute introductory class on Historical Linguistics. From how the field developed, to changing meanings of words, you’ll come away with a newfound appreciation of the language(s) you speak.
This class is suitable for people who have never heard of the OED and don’t know their Indo-European from their language isolates.
* LIES! Amy Adams is a Hollywood actress who only *played* a linguist in ‘Arrival’.
What will we cover?
From how the field developed, to changing meanings of words, you’ll come away with a newfound appreciation of the language(s) you speak.
What will you need?
- Paper and pens for taking notes
Theresa Winters received a minor in Linguistics (major in Classical Civilization) from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her mother obtained a PhD in Psycholinguistics from the same institution. Growing up, she thought it was totally normal to discuss differing aspirations of the word ‘whale’.