Monday Scholars: English in America: A Linguistic History
Facilitated by Librarian Patricia Moore, Monday Scholars is a weekly series that meets in the library's Jamie Gagarin Community Room. It's the best of online learning and classroom discussion. Each week, a new lecture topic is watched and discussed. All you need to do is come ready to engage your mind and participate in the discussion. If you've ever been curious how words like ";awesomesauce" ever came to be, let alone made it into the Oxford English Dictionary, or if you've ever wondered why you say "firefly" and someone else calls the same insect a "lightning bug," English in America: A Linguistic History is for you! There's an incredibly rich and colorful history behind American English. A profoundly diverse assortment of cultures and heritages has influenced our vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar, and the language continues to grow and shift. From the dialects of the first colonies to the influences of various immigrant groups as well as today's technology, we'll learn and discuss them all. Dr. Natalie Schilling is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University. She holds a doctorate in Linguistics and bachelor's in English from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master's degree in English from North Carolina State University. Dr. Schilling has appeared on a number of NPR programs, and has authored and contributed to many articles in national publications. She specializes in the study of language variation and change in American English dialects. All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Space is limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or logging onto www.owlibrary.org and clicking on Programs/Adult Programs.