Text of the British Academy Lecture, delivered by Professor David Crystal FBA, on 23 February 2011.
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Published in British Academy Review, Issue 18 (Summer 2011).
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.
Article by Dr David Beresford-Jones, Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. He was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow from 2005 to 2008. His book ‘The Lost Woodlands of Ancient Nasca: A Case-Study in Ecological and Cultural Collapse’ was published in June 2011 as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monograph.
Vivian Nutton is Emeritus Professor of the History of Medicine at University College London, and a Fellow of the British Academy. An event on ‘New light on ancient medicine’ was held on 17 May 2011.