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METRO MONTHLY–"We Are All Linguists" w/ John Hellerman

Our regular monthly Meeting! Presentation followed by a community party with dinner and drinks. Child care provided during the presentation.

This Month: John Hellerman - "We Are All Linguists"

John Hellerman closely observes the intersection where the roads called 'language structure' and 'language use' meet. We all know there are rules for language—grammar—but we all use language every day without really thinking about those rules. That leads to the question: How is it that we successfully use and adapt our stable system of grammar rules for any context in which we decide we want to use language? In this lecture, we'll discuss several influential linguistic experts from the past hundred years who, instead of telling us what we should be saying, have been studying what we actually say. By looking at these basic principles, we will see that, regardless of the grammar rules that have been set up for us to analyze language for us, each of us are, by necessity, our own language analysts.

About the speaker: John Hellerman, PhD

John Hellerman is an expert in the learning and construction of language structure and the social aspects of reading. He is an associate professor of linguistics as Portland State University and has written several articles on studies regarding literacy, education, and language development both inside and outside of the classroom.

The Oslo Lounge has a bar, so you can have beer, wine and cocktails with dinner.  This is also an opportunity to connect with others in the community, get updated on our activism and what’s going on in the community, talk to Advisory Board members and give input.

Child care will be provided in a separate room. We are working on an actual program of stories, games, lessons and critical thinking activities to present to children of different ages. If you are interested in getting involved with this effort, please contact any of the organizers of this meetup event.

Volunteers will provide the food! We now have a team of volunteers who will cook a hearty meal for everyone. We we just ask that you help our volunteers pay for the ingredients by making a donation of $ 5.00 per adult meal so that our volunteers can buy ingredients. Children eat free.


7:00 pm:  Welcome and announcements 
7:10 pm:  Presentation and Q&A 
8:00 pm:  Children join the adults for a potluck dinner, discussion and socializing


There is a parking lot on the west side, right next to the Norse Hall, where we have limited parking.  Street parking is also available.

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  • Victoria C.

    Enjoyed it. Thanks all. Nice to have some interesting things to think about as I listen to other people speak.

    June 14, 2014

  • Nancy and Mike L.

    Interesting topic with a good start. However, it could have gone deeper with more substance.

    June 14, 2014

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