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EVAN HOCHSTEIN, Yale sophomore majoring in Linguistics

Major: Yale

College/Employer: Not available.

Year of Graduation: 2023

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Evan is from Austin, Texas. In high school, he participated in the North American Computational Linguistics Open/Olympiad (NACLO), which engaged his love of languages and puzzles. At Yale, Evan is a linguistics major, exploring the fundamental questions of language. He spent the summer learning Russian and Arabic, and he is now taking hieroglyphic Egyptian, Mandarin Chinese, and Swahili. He loves all languages and is working to combat linguistic prejudice and discrimination in order to create a more equitable and accepting society. In his spare hours, Evan enjoys spending time with family, taking long walks and hikes, and crafting language puzzles of his own.

Past Classes

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H487: Prejudice and "the English language" in Rainstorm Fall 2020 (Dec. 05 - 06, 2020)
Double negatives (e.g. “there ain’t no justice”) are a feature typical of African American Vernacular English and Southern English. When people say double negatives “don’t make sense” or “sound dumb”... what do they really mean? The purpose of this class is to investigate linguistic prejudice: prejudice toward someone’s particular dialect or language. We will look at linguistic prejudice toward nonstandard accents and nonstandard grammar, examine our implicit biases and address misconceptions, illustrate why linguistic prejudice is a serious problem, and discuss how we can begin to address linguistic prejudice.

H375: Language Puzzles in Rainstorm Spring 2020 (May. 30 - 31, 2020)
How can you learn languages without any lessons? In this class, we will do exactly that, exploring languages from Eastern Europe (such as Russian or Turkish), East Asia (such as Japanese, Korean, or Chinese), and Western Europe (such as French, German, or Spanish). You will learn how to take sentences in a foreign language and translate them without initially knowing any of the words, read words in a writing system you don't know, and discover grammar rules that we don't have in English. No prior knowledge of languages is required — just analytical thinking! A quick example of the type of puzzle we might do: Yaqui is a language indigenous to North America. Here are some sentences in Yaqui: 1. Inepo enchi aniak 2. Aapo enchi vichak 3. Inepo enchi vichak 4. Empo nee aniak Here are their English translations, in random order: a. He saw you b. I saw you c. You helped me d. I helped you Match each sentence with its correct English translation. (Hint: the words don't go in the same order in Yaqui!) ɔ 'q 'ɐ 'p :sɹǝʍsu∀