New blog aims to demystify the study of linguistics
21 Nov 2013
Everybody in the world knows how to speak at least one language. Language is arguably one of the things that make us human. But what is 'knowing’ a language? How is that knowledge put to use? How does it get there? These are just some of the questions students and tutors explore in the Linguistics BA(Hons) programmes based at the University of Brighton Faculty of Arts Falmer campus.
Last week lecturer Tim Wharton and student Liam Scholey launched the Brighton Linguistics blog, the aims of which are threefold. Firstly, to highlight the kind of work the Linguistics team do and give students and tutors a chance to share anything interesting they have observed in the field of linguistics with a wider community.
Secondly, as well providing a space where they can share linguistic anecdotes and stories, students will have an opportunity to show off their writing – many currently studying the course have tried their hand at blogging, and this supportive, informal environment will be a useful space in which they can further develop their skills.
Finally, complemented by the Brighton Linguistics Facebook group, the blog will play a social role providing an informal setting where students who might not otherwise meet, from different year groups for example, can come together and discuss issues they feel passionate about.
As well as regular posts of interest to students and staff involved in Linguistics courses, the blog also aims to answer the often asked question: ‘Err… just what is linguistics?’ It hopes to inform and enthuse people with the elegance and beauty of linguistic analysis, and tempt more to join in the field of study.So far, the blog has included discussion of the importance of work by the philosopher Paul Grice in the field of linguistics pragmatics; posts about the usefulness of names as a means of identifying people; a poignant post about the difficulties bilinguals have expressing their emotions; and the process of child language acquisition. This last topic should be of particular interest to first years, who study linguistic development in their first semester, and to any potential linguistics students, who explore these issues at A-level. Visit the blog at: http://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/linguistics/