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Becoming a language scientist

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1 Hour

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Queen Mary University of London


While we’ve all probably heard of linguistics, we might be hard-pressed to say what it actually is. Even trickier, maybe, is to define what a linguist does. Do they all speak many languages? Or go around correcting grammatical ‘errors’?

You may be surprised to learn that the answer to the above is, in fact, no. So, what exactly does a linguist do?

During this interactive lecture, through a series of experiments and examples, we’ll examine how linguists approach the study of language, and how they can use their findings to help tackle real world problems. For instance, how does our knowledge of language and the brain (neurolinguistics) help us devise therapeutic interventions for dyslexia? Or how does can understanding of speech (phonetics) enable us to challenge racial prejudice? Whether you’re interested in languages, maths, psychology, sociology, English language, the sciences, and beyond, this taster session offers an opportunity to discover what it means to be a language scientist! 

Speakers: Dr. Sophie Holmes-Elliott (Senior Lecturer in Linguistics)

Time: 17:00 - 18:00