The Glamour of Grammar

Dates: November 16 - December 21, 2022

Meets: W from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Online

OLLI Member: $65.00

Enrollment requires a 2022-2023 OLLI at MSU Membership


School teaching of English grammar often makes the subject appear dull and dreary, but in this course, you'll learn to love grammar. We'll consider hidden rules that structure English and make our utterances meaningful and where new words originate. Participants will also learn how the sounds of certain words enhance our appreciation of poetry, why English spelling is so weird, and how toddlers learn grammar without instruction. The course will also examine different dialects and pidgin and creole languages. You'll appreciate why there ain't no bad grammar and the "glamour of grammar."

Please note that ONLY the final session of this course on December 21 will be recorded.


Apply for a needs-based scholarship to take this offering.

Meet the Instructor

Fee:   $65.00



This is a real-time (live) online class that meets at the specified day(s)/time(s) listed.

We will send you a reminder email with login instructions one business day before the program start date. If there are additional sessions, we will send reminders the morning of those sessions.

Asya Pereltsvaig

Asya Pereltsvaig received a Ph.D. in linguistics from McGill University and has taught at Yale and Stanford, as well as at several other universities worldwide. Her expertise is in language and history and the relationship between them. Cambridge University Press published her most recent book, "Languages of the World: An Introduction," 3rd edition, in 2020. She is a popular instructor for several Osher programs. She was the faculty host for an Osher trip to the Baltic countries and St. Petersburg in July 2017.
Date Day Time Location
11/16/2022Wednesday2 PM to 4 PM Online
11/23/2022Wednesday2 PM to 4 PM Online
11/30/2022Wednesday2 PM to 4 PM Online
12/07/2022Wednesday2 PM to 4 PM Online
12/21/2022Wednesday2 PM to 4 PM Online


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