A LINGUIST (AND HER DOG) IN DENMARK
You’ve heard of “hygge” – come learn about its origins. “Linguistics ambassador” Barbara Johnstone takes us to the hygge epicenter – Denmark – to share with us her observations on this uniquely Danish concept that has now gone viral.
Loosely translated – there is no precise English equivalent – “hygge” means “comfort” or “coziness”. It’s a mindset the Danes apply to both their workplaces and home lives, and it may suggest why Denmark’s citizens collectively poll among the happiest and most highly satisfied people on Earth. Hygge is just one aspect of Danish culture Barbara observed during a semester-long research and consulting assignment at the Institute for Nordic Dialect Studies at the University of Copenhagen. She’ll also share her views on the Danish workplace and how different many of them are from their American counterparts.
Dr. Johnstone has been a professor of rhetoric and linguistics in the English Department at CMU for 20 years.
The public is welcome to attend this free AAUW-sponsored presentation.
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