Inventors of fantastic and alien tongues, including alum David Peterson of Linguistics, discuss the art of constructing languages – Klingon for “Star Trek,” Na’vi for “Avatar” and Dothraki for “Game of Thrones.”
Or keep you slender? According to research by James Fowler of Political Science, the short answer on both counts is “yes.” Cited as one of Foreign Policy’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” and nicknamed “Jimmy Jam” by Stephen Colbert, Fowler is perhaps best known for his work on social networks and how our ties to other people influence all sorts of phenomena.
What are its essential elements? MacArthur ‘genius’ grant winner Carol Padden – a Linguistics alumna now on the Communication faculty – is gaining new insights into these age-old conundrums from a language created in a small village in Israel's Negev Desert.
Yes. But don’t bother preaching. Or outlawing. Neither will work – or not for long. Gerald Mackie of Political Science, founding co-director of the UC San Diego Center on Global Justice, says that when it comes to harmful social practices you must empower a community to change its norms.
No. And while some argue that autism is not something to be cured at all, the general consensus is that it encompasses a spectrum of disorders, one end of which can be quite challenging. For 40 years, Laura Schreibman of Psychology has been dispelling myths about autism and helping both diagnosed children and their families.
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