Text of the British Academy Lecture, delivered by Professor David Crystal FBA, on 23 February 2011.
The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.
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.
Dr Kerri Woods is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of York.
Marina Warner has always been interested in the ways the borders between real and imaginary worlds have been breached and blurred. On 11 May 2011, she discussed how the impalpable has been seen or embodied in different eras, cultures and art forms. The following is an edited extract from her conversation with Hermione Lee.