School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Daniel Harbour on what Game of Thrones can teach us about person and place

As part of the Roots IV workshop on morphology and the lexicon in New York City in July, NYU and NYUAD hosted the public lecture "More Than Words: Morphology and the Universality of Language".

22 August 2015

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As part of the Roots IV workshop on morphology and the lexicon in New York City in July, NYU and NYUAD hosted the public lecture "More Than Words: Morphology and the Universality of Language", in which our own Daniel Harbour delivered the opening talk. Daniel used examples from Game of Thrones to demonstrate variations in the ways in which speakers can refer to themselves, their hearers and other persons in the worlds languages, and used it as the basis for sketching out a compeling analysis of person and place references systems cross-linguistically. Watch the lecture, and the discussion:

 

Daniel and our other colleagues David Adger and Hagit Borer all also gave talks at the Roots IV workshop, which was co-organised by QM alum Itamar Kastner.