Using language is one of the amazing feats of the human mind. This FIG explores the importance of language and other aspects of cognition in our everyday lives, and in what it means to be human. In particular we investigate the relationship between language and thought: How much does language affect how we think, and how we experience the world?
College Connections Faculty: Charlotte Vaughn
Charlotte Vaughn is excited to welcome you to the University of Oregon, and to the Speak Your Mind FIG! Charlotte got her BA from Duke University in her home state of North Carolina, received her MA and PhD from Northwestern University outside of Chicago, and has since taught Linguistics at the University of Oregon. Her research uses psycholinguistic methods to study speech perception – the way that human beings are able to understand speech. Specifically, she is interested in what listeners “know” about the speech of different groups of people (for example, speakers with regional or ethnic accents, bilinguals/non-native speakers, speakers with speech pathologies, etc.). She is looking forward to exploring the many fascinating topics at the intersection of language and the human mind with students in the Speak Your Mind FIG!
FIG Assistant: Sarah Geddry
Welcome Speak Your Mind FIG students! As a way to start thinking about the relationship between language and thought, we ask that you please read the short story by Ted Chiang called "Story of Your Life" before Fall term begins. The short story was the inspiration for the recent film "Arrival", which we will watch as part of the FIG! You'll find that the short story (and the movie) raises interesting questions about how language may influence the way one sees the world. We look forward to meeting you all, and hearing your reactions to the short story, when we begin the class in September!
Week of Welcome FIG Meeting
The first meeting for the FIG is Friday, September 22nd at 11:00 am in Columbia 150. Please arrive on time as we will be relocating shortly after.