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The Mysterious Hungarian Language with Dr. Asya Pereltsvaig

The Mysterious Hungarian Language with Dr. Asya Pereltsvaig


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Upon your first visit to Hungary, you might notice that the Hungarian language bears little resemblance to the national languages of its neighbors in Central Europe. Together we will discuss how languages migrate, change, and interact with one another – even throughout condensed geographical areas. During our conversation, we will explore the prehistory of the Magyar people (as Hungarians call themselves) and their language. 

Led by an expert on linguistics and history, Asya Pereltsvaig, Ph.D., this Conversation will explore the history of the Hungarian people and the Hungarian language. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of language change and language contact, as well as a desire to explore the fascinating destination first-hand.

Please note: This course can be enjoyed in connection to Dr.  Pereltsvaig's upcoming multi-part courses or as a stand-alone conversation. 

Asya Pereltsvaig received a PhD in Linguistics from McGill University and has taught at Yale, Cornell and Stanford, as well as in several U.S. and European universities. Her expertise is in language and history, and the relationship between them. Her most recent books, Languages of the World: An Introduction, 3rd edition (2020) and The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics (2015) were published by Cambridge University Press.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Sandra S -- Boston (Lynn, US)
A Very Scholarly Explanation of Hungarian Linguistics

Dr Pereltsvaig was a stimulating presenter on a very in-depth topic -- the reason for differences in this language from those around the country, how it evolved and from whom, how it is pronounced, spelled. Wow, fascinating. The seminar was organized well with key topics like vowel harmony, agglutinative morphology, use of prepositions, pronouns, possessions, plurals (in generalities). I had no idea of some terms before! I was very interested in the description of its source and how the Hungarians settled where the country now is. I enjoyed and appreciated this seminar as I am half Hungarian. The language is so complex with its differences; I don't know if I could ever learn to understand or speak it. Loved the presentation!

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Kris Shapar (Stuttgart, DE)

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Sandra S -- Boston (Lynn, US)
A Very Scholarly Explanation of Hungarian Linguistics

Dr Pereltsvaig was a stimulating presenter on a very in-depth topic -- the reason for differences in this language from those around the country, how it evolved and from whom, how it is pronounced, spelled. Wow, fascinating. The seminar was organized well with key topics like vowel harmony, agglutinative morphology, use of prepositions, pronouns, possessions, plurals (in generalities). I had no idea of some terms before! I was very interested in the description of its source and how the Hungarians settled where the country now is. I enjoyed and appreciated this seminar as I am half Hungarian. The language is so complex with its differences; I don't know if I could ever learn to understand or speak it. Loved the presentation!