A Date with Language: Fascinating Facts, Events and Stories for Every Day of the Year - Oxford Literary Festival

Tue 19 Mar 2024, 14:00 - 15:00

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Portrait of Professor David Crystal FBA
Weston Lecture Theatre

Linguist Professor David Crystal FBA gives the British Academy Lecture as part of the Oxford Literary Festival.

David Crystal celebrates the creativity of all those who have illuminated our understanding of language with a series of facts and stories for every day of the year.

Crystal ranges across vocabulary, grammar, and use of language in science, the arts, politics, broadcasting and publishing. He looks at language teaching, speech therapy, deaf education, forensic science and technological progress. The stories include how Braille devised his tactile reading system by the age of 15, why 31 March is International Hug a Medievalist Day, and Terry Nation’s creation of Dalek speak.

Crystal is a lecturer and writer and Honorary Professor of Linguistics at Bangor University. His previous books include The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language, We Are Not Amused and That’s the Ticket for Soup. Here he talks to Dr Samuel Fanous, head of publishing at the Bodleian Library.

Introduction: Professor Neil Kenny FBA

Speaker: Professor David Crystal FBA

Chair: Dr Samuel Fanous

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