English language: A taste of linguistics

'Language' highlighted in a book by a pink highlighter

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Tuesday 30 April 2024
3.50 to 5.15pm


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We need to be able to talk about language in a rigorous and insightful way. This is linguistics, the study of language. Language is omnipresent, its study is equally multi-faceted.

This session homes in on how we make sounds, how accents may vary and why, and how speech is processed in the mind.

A taste of linguistics

Everyone has something to say about language, which is not surprising given that language is everywhere and in nearly everything we do.

Just as language is omnipresent, its study is equally multi-faceted. We can look at how languages are structured, or how our minds process language, or how language is used to form identities, to sell stuff, or for political means, or how languages change over time, and so on.

This session homes in on how we make sounds, how accents may vary and why, and how speech is processed in the mind.

This session is suitable for students in years 12 and 13.

I felt the lecturer was really knowledgeable and passionate; that came through in the lecture. I felt the discussion handled sensitive topics objectively yet with compassion.

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Please note that this is an approximate schedule and is therefore subject to change.

  • 3.50pm: Log in and get comfortable
  • 3.55pm: Welcome and introduction to the department
  • 4.05pm: Taster lecture
  • 4.50pm: Question and answer session about the taster lecture
  • 5pm: Question and answer session about your subject at Sheffield with an admissions tutor and current students

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