Gail Clements
Visiting Professor of Linguistics

I’m a linguadork—I embrace it; I revel in this side of myself. I enjoy language: the breath, the formation, the sound, the art, the word on the page. Even more, I relish studying how and why people (myself included) use language, how we manipulate it and how we are manipulated by it. Moreover, I delight in delving into how we work within language’s limits, what we focus on, and how we shape the world around us with it. Language also shapes us, it emboldens us, and yet it can lay us desolate. It may be a fanciful view of language that propels my serious study of it, but I savor language’s devastating beauty and functionality at the same time.

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