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A Beautiful Story: The human way of seeing the world

Hunter Hatfield is a psycholinguist, interested in how the mind handles language and how language handles the mind. He is finishing a small book for Cambridge UP, Dynamic Approaches to Speech and Phonology, and his articles have appeared in the journals Language, Cognition and Neuroscience; Journal of Psycholinguistics, and Journal of Pragmatics, and others.

What's unique about the human mind – what most distinguishes us from other species – is that our brains interpret the world in terms of stories. Stories are built from a small group of factors: 1) a protagonist, 2) from some perspective, 3) affecting the world, 4) to achieve some goal. Our brains evolved to conceive of the world in this way. Once you've identified these elements, you find them everywhere: language, history, law, medicine, religion, and more. Story-thinking even gives us tools to rethink morality, justice, and the good life, all to experience a beautiful story.


The seminar will be livestreamed at the link below:

Zoom link for Hunter Hatfield's linguistics seminar

Date Friday, 12 August 2022
Time 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Audience Public,Undergraduate students,Postgraduate students,Staff,Alumni
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Seminar
DepartmentEnglish and Linguistics
LocationBurns 3 lecture theatre, Arts Building, University of Otago Dunedin campus, and online via Zoom
Contact NameLizzie Ross

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