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The Story of Southern English
February 22@5:30 pm-7:00 pm
Address: The Arts Center of Greenwood, 120 Main Street
Time: 5:30 pm (cash bar/refreshments available), 6:00 pm (lecture)
Admission: FREE & OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY
The Arts Center of Greenwood is thrilled to team up with Lander University this spring to continue the faculty lecture series for the community! The third lecture, being held on Tuesday, February 22 in the reception hall at The Arts Center of Greenwood, will be presented by Dr. Sean Barnette!
Sean Barnette’s talk will examine one of the most iconic features of the US South: our language. Love it or hate it, almost everyone has an opinion about our words, our sayings, and most of all our accents. But it turns out our language is far more than just a curiosity, and looking closely at Southern language can tell us not only about the history and culture of the South but also about how human language works in general. Professor Barnette will discuss the origins of Southern English, as well as the sounds and grammar that make it different from other varieties, showing why our language isn’t just lazy or “bad English,” as some people may think, but elegant, rule-governed, and worth taking seriously.