The Power of Language as a Catalyst of Identity


A DNA surprise can throw off our sense of who we are and where we belong. Join linguist expert Dr. Stanley Dubinsky as we examine how language can shape our identity, thoughts, and cultural belonging. See how language can be used as a tool to help rebuild our sense of self.

Dr. Stanley Dubinsky is a Professor of Linguistics the University of South Carolina. He has a BA in Spanish & Latin American Literature and Asian Studies from The Hebrew University (Jerusalem). His MA in Chinese Literature (1981) and PhD in Linguistics (1985) are from Cornell University. His primary area of research is syntactic theory and the syntax-semantics interface. He has produced three books, four edited volumes, and several dozen articles and book chapters on a variety of topics – largely on the syntax and semantics of various languages, including English, Japanese, Korean, Bulgarian, Russian, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, and two Bantu languages (Chichewa and Lingala). A 2004 Blackwell book, co-authored with William D. Davies, is titled The Grammar of Raising and Control: A Course in Syntactic Argumentation, and was followed in 2007 by an edited collection New Horizons in the Analysis of Control and Raising. His two most recent Cambridge University Press books are Understanding Language through Humor (2011), and Language Conflict and Language Rights: Ethnolinguistic Perspectives on Human Conflict (2018).