Deep Dish - Talking About Talking: An Exploration of Discourses About Language

Thursday, October 15, 2015 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
David Melchior, Optical Sciences PhD Candidate
The University of Arizona, McClelland Park Building, 650 North Park Avenue, Room 402
This talk focuses on a linguistics-based approach to language value judgments, and how these relate to such social hierarchies as race, class, and gender. What are the origins and history of popular concepts of "correct grammar" and "real words" and how do we employ these ideas? What value do linguistic diversity and conformity have? What's up with singular gender-neutral "they," anyways?
David Melchior is a PhD candidate in the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. His current research is in experimental quantum physics. He is not a linguist. But he does have enthusiastic opinions on the subject and he will tell you about them at length given the slightest opportunity.