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Nick Enfield gives inaugural lecture
On July 15, 2009, MPI researcher Nicholas (Nick) Enfield (1966, Australia) was appointed Professor in Ethnolinguistics, with special reference to South-East Asia at the Radboud University Nijmegen. His entertaining inaugural lecture, entitled 'Human Sociality at the Heart of Language', has been on November 4 in the Aula of the Radboud University at 15:45.
Oct 28, 2009
Enfield is particularly interested in social interaction and the social context of language. In his fieldwork he and his colleagues collect natural conversations in very different languages from various continents.'If languages are so extremely different around the world, what is common to them?', Enfield wonders. He is exploring the idea that the underlying commonalities to language are due to our common social understanding and motivations. 'Collecting data from language in social interaction helps us to understand the nature of human universals and diversity.'