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Fall OLLI class provides the history of human language

Everyone uses language every day of one's life. Language, regardless of the particular dialect spoken, is the tool used to express wants, needs and feelings.

Ever wondered how different languages emerged? Why isn't there just one, single language? How does a language change? When it does, is that change indicative of decay or growth? You can learn the answers to these questions and more by taking the Fall 2 OLLI class, The Story of Human Language, facilitated by Conrad Ouelette and Marci Jones.

This is a dvd/lecture course with Dr. John McWhorter of Columbia University, one of American's leading linguists and a frequent commentator on network television and National Public Radio.

Apart from the lectures, participants will play with words and curiosities in the English language. Here are some examples: When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse. Palindromes can be read backwards: A man, a plan - a canal: Panama - Madam I'm Adam. Aibohphobia (a fear of palindromes).

Language is a marvelous gift of speech that has evolved over thousands of years. It is a powerful tool. In the words of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, language is "The armory of the human mind."

Dr. McWhorter can open ones eyes as to how one writes and how one speaks. He is tirelessly entertaining and is as captivated by his subject as he wants the class to be. His use of humor, personal anecdotes and unexpected forays into contemporary culture make this course one that you will savor long after the final lecture.

Registration for Fall 2 began in early October. Classes start Oct. 29. For more information regarding "History of Human Language" or to receive a brochure, contact the OLLI office at 717-7634.

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) is a peer directed membership organization at Yavapai College's Prescott campus and NAU's Prescott Valley building, next to the library. OLLI offers over 200 peer facilitated classes during a five, 6 - week sessions a year. For more information or to get on the mailing list please call 717-7634.

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