BHSU professor looks at the origin of languages in next Geek Speak

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, October 22, 2015/Categories: 2015





   

   

   

       

            

       

       

            

           Reznikov, Andrej: Dr. Andrej Reznikov, professor of English at BHSU, will discuss where language came from and how it evolved in the upcoming Geek Speak lecture "The Origins of Language" on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. in room 110 of Jonas Hall on the BHSU campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

           

       

   



Where does language originate from? How do toddlers learn to speak just by hearing their parents? Black Hills State University professor Dr. Andrej Reznikov will talk about origins of language and how individuals   learn their native tongue at the next Geek Speak lecture.

Reznikov, English professor at BHSU, will discuss where language came from and how it evolved in the upcoming Geek Speak lecture "The Origins of Language" on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. in room 110 of Jonas Hall on the BHSU campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Language plays huge part in world history and culture, Reznikov said. Language makes people who they are and is such a natural way of communication that speakers do not realize how necessary language is in their daily life.

"Language is something we all have in common and people take it for granted. Most people never think about language as an object. In other branches of knowledge you have a separate object of your research and it is analyzed in language. In case of language, it is the object and the tool of analysis," said Reznikov.

According to Reznikov, humans started communicating in the first languages 150,000 years ago. The written language is still a fairly new phenomenon, he added. It&rsquos been around just for six thousand years.

There are almost seven thousand different languages in the world and 90 percent of them are near the extinction, Reznikov said.

"It is so natural for us to use language and not to think much about it. It&rsquos a fascinating subject, with a system absolutely unique in a way it is structured. No other systems, either artificial or natural, can even come close to the complexity of languages," said Reznikov.

Future Geek Speak presentations at BHSU include:

Nov. 5 &ndash "Studying Society through the Apocalyptic Novel: The Road, The Year of the Flood, The Stand, and On the Beach" hosted by Dr. Laura Colmenero Chilberg

Nov. 12 &ndash "Speaking on Behalf of the Natural World&rsquos Rights" hosted by Dr. Nikki Dragone

Nov. 19 &ndash "Perspectives on Hunger" hosted by Dr. Trenton Ellis and Dr. John Alsup

To confirm topics, dates, and room numbers, visit www.BHSU.edu/Calendar.

For more information, contact Dr. Courtney Huse Wika, director of the University Honors Program and assistant professor of English, at 605-642-6918 or Courtney.HuseWika@BHSU.edu.
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