Everyone who speaks a given language more accurately speaks a “certain dialect” of that language. People do not just react to sounds, but to variants of sounds. In some ways one of the most difficult aspects of any language, “syntax,” refers to the way words are organized into sentences. Often referred to as “historical linguistics”, “language change” refers to the fact that various features of any given language change over time. Let’s spend five weeks studying the complexities and vagaries of language.
GROUP LEADER: Dr. George F. Aubin is Professor Emeritus at Assumption. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from Brown University and did postdoctoral work at M.I.T. He continues to do research on various American Indian languages.
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)
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