# Unconscious Patterns in Human Language: Q&A with Robert Hoberman

SigmaCamp is continuing the Q&A with Sigma lecturers series!
Our next lecture will be on Wed, June 3:

### Unconscious Patterns in Human Language

by Robert Hoberman

Human language is like an iceberg: the vast majority of it is below the level of consciousness. ‎Linguistics is the science of language, taking as its data what people actually do when they use their ‎language (and not what they think they ought to do), and how children acquire their native ‎language. In this lecture, participants will probe their own intuitions about English and discover ‎surprising regularities in sounds, words, and sentences. We will then go on to examine some quite ‎different patterns in other languages. The overall goal is to understand that what is taught in English ‎and foreign-language classes only scratches the surface of what we unconsciously know'' when we ‎know a language.