Professor Amartya Sen FBA
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The British Academy Lecture, delivered by Professor David Crystal FBA, on 23 February 2011 (venue: The British Academy). Despite a number of events in recent years devoted to language diversity, language endangerment, and multilingualism, such as the International Year of Languages in 2008, public awareness of the issues is still remarkably limited. Only one in four of the population know that half the languages of the world are so seriously endangered that they are unlikely to survive the present century. This paper reflects on why the ecolinguistic crisis has made so little impact on public consciousness, despite a great deal of effort by academic authors.
The British Academy Lecture, delivered by Professor Mervyn King FBA (Governor of the Bank of England), on 1 December 2004. Risk, luck, fate, uncertainty, probability theory – all remind us that most decisions in life involve risk. We accept that lady luck has her part to play in our personal lives. But in our collective life the role of probabilities only rarely takes centre stage. Yet it is difficult to imagine an informed and useful discussion of most public policy issues without a careful analysis of the risks involved. This lecture discusses why it has proved difficult in collective decisions to understand, explain and manage risk. It takes as an example the current debate on pension provision in the United Kingdom.