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Contributed by Natalia Sturtz-Verastegui on 09/05/2013
Submitted on behalf of Marisa Kelly, Provost
Please join me on Thursday, September 12th for the first Faculty Colloquium of the academic year. James Pfrehm, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, will be presenting Technolingualism: Language and Technology in Dialogue…….
“Since the early day of our species, technology and language have evolved in parallel. Innovations in tool making were a catalyst for more complex, systematic means of communication. Similarly, these physical innovations—in addition to other sophisticated cultural practices—presuppose complex, systematic means of communication. Regardless of which came first—the ‘cognitive technology’ of language or the physical technologies of culture—this was the beginning of “technolingualism,” the ‘inter-language’ that emerges out of the timeless dialogue between language and technology.”
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Professor Pfrehm completed a MA in German Literature at the University of Washington in 2001, and a PhD in Sociolinguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. His research interests mainly reside in the field of sociolinguistics: perceptual dialectology, pluricentric languages (with a focus on Austrian German), language standardization and codification, and language variation.
The IC Faculty Colloquium, launched in 2012, is a monthly event designed to provide a forum for faculty to share with one another their scholarly and creative work. This is a chance for people across department and school lines to learn more about the exciting pursuits of their colleagues and to engage with one another as members of a common learning community.
The Colloquium will take place from 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. in the Clark Lounge of the Campus Center. We will enjoy wine, appetizers, an outstanding presentation, and excellent conversation. During the social half-hour before the presentation, we will hear a live music performance directed by Mike Titlebaum (Assistant Professor, Performance Studies, School of Music).
I look forward to seeing you there.
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