I daresay no one could possibly explain the Austronesian language family, global currents, glottal stops, and boat navigation as deftly and with such humor as Dr. Asya Pereltsvaig. Wow. If you want to expand your brain, just take a seminar or a course with her. You will come out a lot smarter, or at least be scintillating during the next Zoom office meeting.
Linguistics is fascinating!
A difficult topic but fascinating. Linguistics is analog to genetics which is well explained. Fundamental to understand populations.
I’m writing this after having participated in session 1 of 6, but I have taken many other courses from her over the years, beginning at Stanford and Santa Clara Universities. This course is right down the middle of her core competency and is, of course, the subject of her superb book, now in its 3rd edition. I get so much out of Dr. Pereltsvaig’s courses that I will continue to sign up for every one I can find, regardless of topic.