Monday, August 25, 2008

New Linguistics Major Launches

Gordon’s new linguistics major, codirected by Dr. Gregor Thuswaldner and Dr. Graeme Bird (pictured,left and right), both from the Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics, will provide students with knowledge of the main pillars of linguistics, including syntax, morphology, phonetics, phonology, semantics and pragmatics.
The new major reconnects Gordon with the work of Kenneth Pike ’33, a major pioneer in the field of linguistics and one of Gordon’s most famous alumni. Pike is also one of the founders of the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) and was a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize 15 years in a row.
Gordon’s new program will have significant links to the program at SIL, allowing students, especially those with an interest in Bible translation, to spend one or more summers studying at one of SIL’s campuses, and applying credit towards their Gordon major. Read more...

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