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October 27, 2011

November First Monday Presentation Looks at Linguistics

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  • IPFW First Mondays series, November 7, noon to 1:15 p.m., Science Building, Room 168
  • Shannon Bischoff presents “What is Linguistics and Why Should Anyone Care?”
  • Free and open to the public
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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—“What is Linguistics and Why Should Anyone Care?” Assistant Professor of Linguistics Shannon Bischoff of Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW’s) Department of English and Linguistics will present that topic at the November 7 First Mondays Lecture from noon to 1:15 p.m. in Science Building, Room 168.

Bischoff will explore various subfields of linguistics and our current understanding of language in all its complexity in order to better define what linguistics is. He will also discuss some of the applications linguistic understanding lends itself to, such as faster search engines and making sense of complex political and social phenomena. He said, “Language, like a living organism, is a meso-object (a whole with many parts), and thus linguistics is a meso-science with its various subfields. In this sense it is much like biology where you can focus on micro-biology, botany, mammalogy, and so forth, but you can’t understand living organisms in their totality by simply studying one subfield. It’s in this same way that linguists work in the various subfields of linguistics with the ultimate goal of understanding language in its totality.”

The lecture is free and open to the public. First Mondays is a student-focused series sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS). First Mondays presentations feature COAS faculty discussing interesting aspects of their research in a relaxed atmosphere. The discussions allow IPFW students to delve into and learn about research areas often not covered in the classroom.

For more information on the series, go to or contact Carl Drummond, dean of COAS, at 260-481-6160 or; for information on the lecture, contact Bischoff at 260-481-6989 or