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Epic Grammar Fails

When

Wednesday July 24, 2019: 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Where

Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Description

Do you feel compelled to correct everything you read or hear: signs, menus, emails, web pages, song lyrics, fortune cookies? Or have you been the target of such "Grammar Police"? This lecture traces protests over English usage, such as the non-literal use of "literally" and when to use an apostrophe in "its" vs "it's." We will discuss what merit such complaints might have, as well as what problems they might pose, especially to speakers of non-standard varieties of English.

Ezra Keshet is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Michigan. He studies semantics, especially examining how we figure out what a particular pronoun like "it" or "her" means in context. Ezra lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and their two tiny linguists, aged 4 and 1. 

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This event will be recorded

Comments

I'd love to hear the recording. Will it be available on the AADL website at some point?

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