Monday, October 17, 2011

Department of Linguistics


Dr. David Crystal

Renowned linguist Dr. David Crystal, who will receive an honorary degree at Memorial’s fall 2011 convocation ceremonies. He will also speak on the topic of:

Language Death: Writing the Obituary of Languages?

Half the languages of the world will die out within the next century. This talk reviews the way languages are dying, asks why, and then asks what can be done. It presents the arguments why people should be concerned, drawing a parallel with other ecological domains. For less academic occasions, such as literary festivals, the talk includes extracts from literature, and also from David Crystal's play 'Living On', which dramatizes the endangered language situation.  Time: 90 minutes.

DATE: Thursday, October 20th

TIME: 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.


Reception to follow

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