Thora Tenbrink

Thora Tenbrink is a Professor of Linguistics at Bangor University, who uses linguistic analysis to understand how people think. She is author of “Cognitive Discourse Analysis:  An Introduction” (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and “Space, Time, and the Use of Language” (Mouton de Gruyter, 2007), co-editor of three books on linguistic representation and dialogue, and has published about 40 peer-reviewed journal articles in areas of language and cognition. She is also Director of the Places of Climate Change Research Centre at Bangor University, and of the Research Institute at the College of Arts, Humanities and Business.

In her talk, Thora will ask how to tell if someone’s an expert. When someone says something with high confidence, we assume they know what they are talking about and we are inclined to believe them. Often enough, we are correct: there are various indications in the way they talk that reflect their knowledge. However, it’s relatively easy to express certainty in language without having any sort of expertise to back it up. This talk will look at this more closely, and offer five tips to tell if someone is an expert, or just confident.

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