# ESP Biography

## CAROLINE BONNETT, ESP Teacher

Major: 24-2

College/Employer: MIT

"Twas brillig, and the slithy toves/Did gyre and gimble in the wabe..." Why is it that when Lewis Carroll writes a bunch of nonsense like $$\textit{Jabberwocky}$$ he gets called a visionary, but when I hand in my original poem "Dyufrg Pcoihgbk Kiuygbnjhgf" the only reception I get is "it's just a bunch of keysmashes" and "you need to start taking this class seriously, Caroline"? What makes his fake words better than mine? The answer is linguistics! In this class, you'll learn what makes a good fake word work. Along the way, we'll discuss linguisticky stuff like phonology, morphology, and semantics. At the end of class you will have made several of your very own fake words, with which you can annoy your friends and family.