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.
Professor Tim O’Riordan FBA and Professor Tim Lenton explain the importance of ‘tipping points’ in understanding convulsive change in the world, and offer a manifesto for creating ‘benign’ tipping points to prepare us for future shocks. The British Academy and Royal Society seminar on ‘Tipping Points’ was held at the Kavli Centre on 13-14 April 2011.
Text of British Academy Law Lecture, by Professor Jeremy Waldron FBA, read 1 February 2011.