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Dordt celebrates its 40th Hug-a-Linguist Days event

August 29, 2013

“There are still about 2,500 languages that have no script,” says Leendert van Beek, Dordt College language studies professor. Herein lies the work of a linguist, where studying the structure of language, its meaning, and the cultural context are all a necessary part of creating a written language.

Dordt College is holding the 40th annual Hug-a-Linguist Days September 2 and 3, where guest speakers will present on topics including “Learning from the Stranger” and “Bible Translation in Steps and Stages.”

The community is invited to attend Monday’s events, which include presentations by David Smith, director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning at Calvin College.

David Smith is the director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning at Calvin College and is an associate professor in the German and education departments. He studied at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto; he received a Ph.D. from the University of London.

Smith’s presentations are also sponsored by the Andreas Center for Reformed Scholarship and Service as part of its First Monday Speaker Series.

Greg and Mary Pearson will talk with students throughout the day on Tuesday about the work of Bible translation. The Pearsons began a linguistic mission in Papua New Guinea in 1986. After spending 24 years serving the Lote (LO-tay) people of Papua New Guinea, the Lote New Testament was completed and celebrated in January 2010.

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