Linguistics with Livia

Feb 12, 2013 meeting
At today’s meeting: we went into significant detail on one particular subject. I mentioned that some colleagues of mine on the debate team had never heard of some English expression or other that I used; and the discussion stemming from that included the nature of popular culture and associated language, the stigmatization of slang and certain speech patterns, and my personal opinions of varying degrees of formal language.

5 Feb 2013

At last meeting: This one was the usual blend of material. One notable point of discussion was that “buffalo” is simultaneously an adjective, a verb, and a noun; and thus can be repeated infinitely to form a grammatically correct sentence. The same is true of “police”, and, oddly, “swag”. Also, we had an extensive talk about what we would like to be getting out of these seminars, which I found quite useful.

This is a blog chronicling the adventures of exploring topics in language and literature with Dr. Livia Polyani. Because the particpants explore and discuss topics that they want to explore and discuss, there is no syllabus for this course, and it will be up to the them to provide any information about what happens in class, although I have seen some linguistics books being read, and there are currently plans for a computer program to be installed to allow for analysis of spoken political speeches.

So far, Max, Chance, Will and Jack have met on these dates:

Monday, 21Nov2011, 2:30 pm
Monday, 28Nov2011, 2:30 pm
Monday, 19Dec2011, 2:30 pm
Monday, 16Jan2012, 2:30 pm
Monday, 23Jan2012, 2:30 pm
Monday, 30Jan2012, 2:30 pm
Monday, 20Feb2012, 2:30 pm

And the new schedule is:

Monday, 20Feb2012, 2:30 pm
Monday, 27Feb2012, 2:30 pm
Wednesday, March 14 – 9:30 – 11:30 am
Monday, 26Mar2012, 2:30 pm
Monday, 16April2012, 2:30 pm
Monday, 23April2012, 2:30 pm
Monday, 30April2012, 2:30 pm
Wednesday, May 9th, 9:30  – 11:30 am
Monday, 21May2012, 2:30 pm
Monday, 28May2012, 2:30 pm



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