Language Matters Symposium: Duke University

by | March 8, 2019 |

Language Matters: The Event

Today Friday March 8 a symposium at Duke University entitled Language Matters honors my scholarship. In particular the symposium focuses on the book I wrote with co-author Phillip Carter. The title of the book is Languages in the World. How History, Culture and Politics Shape Language. 

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The event takes places in the Holsti-Anderson Family room of the Rubenstein library on Duke’s West Campus. The title image is of the library. The Rubenstein-Perkins entrance is through the three arches on the lower right-hand side of the image. The Holsti-Anderson room takes up the three windows on the ground floor to the left of the three arches. The third window is partially obscured by bushes.

Hae-Young Kim, Chair of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, organized the event.

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Here is Hae-Young in action. Not at my event but at a Korean Language Symposium she organized in March 2018. She is moderating the discussion with the speaker, Simon Barnes-Sadler, University of London

See Korean Language Symposium

A big Thank You to Hae-Young!

Language Matters: The Symposium Speakers

The three scholars giving talks are:

K. David Harrison of Swarthmore College. He is a specialist in endangered languages.

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Here he is with Nedmit, a speaker of the endangered Monchak language in Mongolia

Chapter Twelve of Languages in the World addresses the problem of language loss world-wide. Professor Harrison is thus the perfect person to open the symposium.

For more on endangered languages, see his When Languages Die.

Next up is Norma Mendoza-Denton, She is Professor of Anthropology and Associate Dean in the Graduate Division at UCLA.

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“Non-Native Speakers in US Police Encounters. Special Reference to Miranda” is the title of her talk.

She is well-known for her ethnography Homegirls

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Adam Schwartz, Oregon State University, closes the panel. He offers his experience using Languages in the World in the classroom.

For more on Adam, see my interview of him: Five Questions with Adam Schwartz

The respondent is Edna Andrews of Duke University. She is Professor of Linguistics and Cultural Anthropology. In addition she is the Nancy and Jeffrey Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies.

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Here is Edna in front of a wall of brain scans. Her 2014 Cambridge University Press book is Neuroscience and Multilingualism

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This post was written by Julie Tetel Andresen

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