3:40 PM, February 13, 2018

Discover Auburn Lecture

On Multilingualism

Dr. Iulia Pittman, Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Auburn University

Date and Time:  Thursday, February 22 at 3 p.m.

Location:  Special Collections and Archives Department, Ground Floor, Ralph Brown Draughon Library

Multilingualism in the world is the rule rather than the exception.   Are most people you know monolingual or multilingual?   Come to this lecture to find out more about what it is like to grow up speaking several languages and to raise children multilingually in a monolingual environment.  To what do the terms "folk bilingualism" and "elite bilingualism" refer?  Is "mixing" languages a sign that you don't speak either language well?

Speaking several languages often also means that you are comfortable in several different cultures.   What multilinguals know quite well is that language, culture, and identity go hand in hand.

Dr. Iulia Pittman grew up in a Romanian-Hungarian family in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania.  There, she attended a German school and later learned English as a foreign language.   She has worked as a certified translator and interpreter for Romanian, Hungarian, German, English, and Dutch.  In 2000, she moved to the United States to pursue a Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Georgia.  She joined the Foreign Languages Department at Auburn University in 2006, where she has been teaching courses in German language, business, and linguistics.   Her current research focusses on family language policies, multilingual practices, and minority language maintenance.

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