James A. Little Theater
Community Event
Speaker: 
Dan Jurafsky

Eating our Words: What the Language of Food Says About Us

The words we use to talk about food offers surprising insights on history, economics, psychology, and even evolution. Daniel Jurafsky explores the relationship between food and language around the globe, from the origins of America’s national condiment as a Chinese fermented fish sauce to the reason crispy food brands tend to have different vowels than their creamy counterparts. Jurafsky will also look at the stunningly complex language of restaurant menus and reviews, and what they tell us about our culture and society.

Jurafsky, a 2002 MacArthur Fellow, is Professor and Chair of Linguistics and Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. He recently published The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu.

AuthorsDaniel Jurafsky

The words we use to talk about food offers surprising insights on history, economics, psychology, and even evolution. Daniel Jurafsky explores the relationship between food and language around the globe, from the origins of America’s national condiment as a Chinese fermented fish sauce to the reason crispy food brands tend to have different vowels than their creamy counterparts. Jurafsky will also look at the stunningly complex language of restaurant menus and reviews, and what they tell us about our culture and society.

Jurafsky, a 2002 MacArthur Fellow, is Professor and Chair of Linguistics and Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. He recently published The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu.

SFI’s Community Lecture series is generously sponsored by Thornburg Investment Management

 

Purpose: 
SFI Community Lecture
SFI Host: 
Juniper Lovato

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