#LangFest18 Ellen Jovin Syntaxis, Inc. @EllenJovin
Ellen is a grammar freak, a former freelance writer, and a founder and principal of Syntaxis, a communication skills training firm based in New York City. Her website, Words & Worlds of New York, documents her experiences studying 20+ languages over the past decade. Ellen lives with her husband, Brandt Johnson, in a wildly polylingual apartment building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and can often be found roaming around the city listening to language lessons. ***** Language Values: The Apolitical Politics of Language-Learning
At a time of conspicuous political polarization in the U.S. and elsewhere, language study is a largely apolitical and non-inflammatory way to connect with others across differences and borders. Language-learning enables us to pursue the values of openness, curiosity and global fellowship with other human beings from around the world. It serves as a potent antidote to bigotry and intellectual insularity. In this talk, Ellen will consider some of the cultural values that unite many language enthusiasts and illustrate them with tales of linguistic camaraderie.