Welcome to the BLNDIY project!
We’re so glad you want to join us on this journey. This week is all about getting you up to speed and ready for things to really get rolling.
First, if you want to help us out even more, make sure you check out our sign up page and everything we’ve got posted over there.
Next, it’s time to get a bit more familiar with language science and the kinds of things we study.
At the end, you can leave us a comment about what language questions interest you!
These are the three main areas of research that our lab works with the most often:
1. How do adults use language to think about the world? – PSYCHOLINGUISTICS
Many of us feel like we don’t just use language to talk to people, but we use it to think inside of our own heads. What does that look like? Do we create mental pictures in our minds when we hear people speak? Does the way we describe something change the way we think about it? How are our words organized inside of our minds?
2. How does our language tell others about who we are? – SOCIOLINGUISTICS
You can probably tell if someone isn’t from around here based on the way that they talk; where they’re from, how old they are, and their gender are all kinds of personal information that comes out in the words people use, how we put those words together, and how we pronounce them. How does that work? How good are people at figuring out personal information based on our speech? Can we change the way we talk to change how people perceive us?
Last thing is a TedX talk all about Ohio’s dialects – given by the Language Pod’s very own Dr. Kathryn Campbell-Kibler.
3. How do children learn language? – LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
Nobody is born knowing a language, but children learn the language that surrounds them very (very!) quickly. How do they do that? Do they learn about language sounds the same way they learn about word meanings? How do they learn the meanings of really weird words like ‘the’ or parts of words like ‘-ing’? Do they ever get confused about how to put words together into sentences? Are there special things that adults can do to speed up language learning (or slow it down)?
Check out these sites for more about how children learn their language!
Now you’re ready to start brainstorming!
Your job for the week:
What kinds of questions interest you about language? Is there anything, specific or broad, that you think would be cool for us to look at together over the summer?
Tell us about it in the comments below! Next week, we’ll ask you to submit your final research question idea, and we’ll go from there.
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