AMC Online | Take My Word for It: The History of English Idioms. A Conversation with Linguist and Professor Anatoly Liberman

Join us on Thursday, July 27, 2023, at 8:00 PM MSK for an enlightening live conversation with Professor Anatoly Liberman, a renowned linguist and a distinguished faculty member at the University of Minnesota, USA. During this session, Professor Liberman will delve into the fascinating history of English idioms and provide valuable insights into their origins and usage.

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On Thursday, July 27, 2023, at 7:00 PM MSK, delve into the intriguing world of English idioms with Professor Anatoly Liberman, an expert linguist with decades of experience. This is a rare opportunity to explore the roots of the phrases we use so frequently.

Ever wondered about the origins of the English phrases we use so casually? Now is your chance to unravel the intriguing history behind English idioms with none other than Professor Anatoly Liberman, an expert linguist with a vast array of knowledge.

In this conversation, we will navigate the exciting twists and turns of language evolution. Professor Liberman will provide an engaging exploration of idioms, those phrases that so enrich the English language, offering a deep-dive into their histories, origins, and meanings.

About Our Speaker:

Professor Anatoly Liberman is a widely recognized linguist and a faculty member in the Department of German, Nordic, Dutch, and Slavic at the University of Minnesota, USA. Born and educated in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Professor Liberman earned his DPhil from the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Union in 1972. Honorary degrees from several academic societies in the US and abroad. Taught also at Harvard, in Germany, Italy, and Japan and lectured at numerous universities in the US, Canada, and Europe. Active public speaker. Areas of specialization: general and Germanic linguistics (with emphasis on historical phonetics and etymology), mythology and folklore, medieval literature (Scandinavian and English), literary criticism (contemporary Russian literature), the Golden Age of Russian literature, and poetic translation. Author of about 700 works, more than twenty of them books, published in the former Soviet Union, US, Germany, Italy, England, and Russia. The books from Russia include a volume of studies on myths (In Prayer and Laughter), an annotated translation of all sonnets by Shakespeare, two volumes of literary criticism, and a book titled Father and Son (Otets i syn), based on the diaries about the growth of the author’s son (the latter was nominated for several book prizes). One book on folklore and one on etymology received the most prestigious prizes in their categories. The books of Russian interest also include full annotated translations into English of almost complete poetical works by Lermontov, Tyutchev, and Boratynsky and heavily annotated editions of N. S. Trubetzkoy and Vladimir Propp.

Register now and seize the opportunity to ask Professor Liberman your questions live!




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130 дней назад
27 июля 20:00–21:00

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