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10-08-2014

What Do You Know When You Know a Language? at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe

"What Do You Know When You Know a Language?" will be presented by St. Lawrence University Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy Jeffrey Maynes at the next Clarkson University Science Café on Tuesday, October 21, at 7:15 p.m. in the Park View Common Room, above the Blackbird Cafe, 107 Main St. in Canton, N.Y., and on Wednesday, October 22, at 7:15 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room in Potsdam, N.Y.

Jeffrey MaynesOur use of language is ubiquitous. But what is language in the first place? What can insights from linguistics teach us about not only the nature of language, but the nature of our minds? Join Maynes as he discusses recent work in linguistics and the philosophy of language to explore how best to interpret and understand our linguistic knowledge and abilities.

Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

Find out more about Clarkson's Science Cafe at http://www.clarkson.edu/sciencecafe.

E-mail Daniel ben-Avraham at ScienceCafe@clarkson.edu with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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