Visiting Instructor

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Claudia Giannini holds a degree in Modern Languages from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and a degree in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Linguistics from the University of Minnesota. She has taught at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, St. Olaf College, and the University of Minnesota (where she still teaches translation courses). Her main area of interest is the connection between language and thought and how our knowledge of the world is mediated by language. She is currently researching the linguistic, pragmatic, and philosophical challenges of machine translation. She has studied five languages and has worked as a translator for more than two decades; these experiences, combined with her teaching career, have inspired a particular interest in the way meaning is created and communicated through language, and the role intersubjectivity plays in linguistic communication.