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Join us tonight for a litany of linguistic learnings! Tonight's speakers will explore the ways in which language both informs and is informed by society, and what language choices and norms can tell us about our past and futures.
The science of swearing
Swearing is a common part of day-to-day conversation for many people. But why do we swear and how have our favourite swear words changed over time? Join Robbie Love from Aston University to discover the science of swearing, from what happens in the brain when we swear to tracking how often we swear with the help of corpus linguistics.
Language maketh man? Exploring positive masculinity in Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Dr Robert Lawson (Associate Professor in Sociolinguistics at Birmingham City University)
Television plays a key role in setting out cultural scripts of masculinity, but it can also act as a destabilising force, opening up spaces for alternative expressions of masculinity. In this talk, Robert Lawson discusses how masculinities are presented in the comedy show Brooklyn Nine-Nine, examining how male characters use language to connect with others, build relationships, and demonstrate affiliation. The talk suggests that while the show advocates for a more ‘positive’ masculinity, much of the comedy relies on a tension between progressive and traditional masculinity.
Other Cafe Artum, Hockley Social Club events
2022-05-09 "Whoever controls the media, controls the mind": why representation matters - cancelled Cafe Artum, Hockley Social Club 60 Hampton Street, Birmingham, B19 3LU, United Kingdom
"Whoever controls the media, controls the mind": w...
2022-05-10 Real issues, real people, real data: how lived experience can contribute to a more equitable society - CANCELLED Cafe Artum, Hockley Social Club 60 Hampton Street, Birmingham, B19 3LU, United Kingdom