Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Adam’s Tongue: How Human Language Evolved


Price for Members: $70
Price for Non-Members: $105
Date/Time: Thur. May 13, 20, 27 June 3 & 10   1:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Asya Pereltsvaig, Ph.D., McGill University, BA, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Stanford University, Department of Linguistics
Location: ONLINE

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Course Description

Language is what differentiates humans from other species.  At its core, it’s an abstract, rule-based symbol system used to communicate needs, wants, and most importantly, ideas.  But it does more.  It connects us to each other in subtle ways and underlies all our interactions.  It even influences our thinking when we are not communicating.  OLLI invites you to hear Dr. Pereltsvaig’s explanation of how this remarkable system evolved, setting our species on the course of its 300,000 year or so history, and how that history differs from those of other species. Take a plunge into the world of words, discover the complexity of how they came to be, and how language connects to each other.


Event Details

Date: 2021-05-13

Start time: 01:30 p.m.

End time: 03:30 p.m.



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