ESP Biography

SNEJANA IOVTCHEVA, MIT Graduate studying Linguistics

Major: Linguistics

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I specialize in grammars of world languages. I am particularly interested in the formation of questions. Other areas of interest are the expressions of possession as well as the inflectional morphology of Bulgarian. I have thought various introduction classes in linguistics, both as a teaching assistant and as an instructor.

Past Classes

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H9445: The Writing Systems of the World in Spark 2015 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2015)
How is speaking a language different than writing in that language? How are writing systems created and why? Why are Japanese letters so different than English letters? How long does it take a child in China to learn its 'letters'? Is it true that Arabic and Hebrew alphabets do not have characters for vowel sounds (that is a,o,i,e,u) ? Do you want to learn the Cyrillic script (the alphabet that is used in Russia and Bulgaria among other countries)? Come and join me for some fun investigation of the different systems that people developed in order to communicate over distance and time.