Decoding Languages: An Introduction to Linguistics

Registration: Registration is required.
Date: December 30, 2021 January 2, 2022 January 4, 2022 January 6, 2022 January 8, 2022 January 11, 2022 January 13, 2022 January 15, 2022
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM


Ever thought how sarcasm works? Ever thought why only humans have and use languages? Ever thought why swearing helps you relieve stress? If you are even a little bit curious about language and how it controls most of our lives, you have found the right workshop! 

This is a workshop on basics of linguistics designed for students above the age of 13 and members of general public who are curious about how languages work. No prior experience or knowledge of linguistics is required. This program will encompass interactive lectures and practical sessions on some basic concepts of linguistics. We will introduce the participants to the phenomenon of a language, different ways of investigating a language, the reasons behind languages’ existence, the psychology of learning a first and a second language, how languages guide our behavior, how languages form and evolve, and different speech related disorders. We will also discuss where linguistics currently stands in Pakistan and talk about some famous Pakistani linguists. The course will also touch upon how integrated the field of linguistics is and some light will be shed on the recent sub-fields of linguistics.


Details of the Online Workshop

Instructor ProfileCharisma Wafee is an executive member and lead science communicator at the Khwarizmi Science Society. She has recently completed her M-Phil in Linguistics and TESOL from the Beaconhouse National University, Lahore and currently teaches English at the University of South Asia, Lahore. Her interests lie in sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and methods of teaching of English as a second or foreign language.
No prerequisites. This course if for all students above the age of 13 and members of general public who are curious about how languages work.
Breakup of Lectures1. What is a language?
2. Ways of studying a language
3. Why do languages exist?
4. Language learning – How does the brain... do it?
5. Psychology of learning a second language
6. Does my language control my behavior?
7. How do languages form and evolve?
8. Language related disorders
9. Famous Pakistani Linguists
10. What’s new in the world of linguistics?


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