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Hungarian: Myths, Facts, and Cognitive Linguistics

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The final Central Eurasian Colloquium of the semester was given by Tóth-Czifra Erzsébet who is in the Cultural Linguistics Doctoral Research Programme, Eotvos Lorand University and the Department for Hungarian as a Second Language, ELTE, Budapest on Monday, December 1st 2014. Tóth-Czifra Erzsébet’s talk, “Hungarian: Myths, Facts, and Cognitive Linguistics?” discussed and dispelled a number of myths about Hungarian. She argued against the commonly repeated notion of Hungarian as a totally alien and impossible language for non-natives, particularly English speakers, to learn. She highlighted one particularly difficult aspect of Hungarian, prefixes, and argued that teaching the meaning behind the metaphor of various constructions using cultural linguistics can reveal similarities with students' own language, and increase understanding and ease of learning.

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Tóth-Czifra Erzsébet
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Monday, December 1, 2014
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