Language and the Internet – David Crystal OBE FBA FLSW

31st Jan 2017, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

The Arts Centre

Language and the Internet

David Crystal is the foremost writer and lecturer on the English language, with a worldwide reputation and over 100 books to his name, including The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language. He is an Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor, and in 1995 was awarded the OBE for services to the English language. David Crystal has been a consultant, contributor, or presenter on numerous radio and television programmes and series, predominantly for the BBC and Discovery Channel.

In his talk, David will assess the debate over rights and wrongs in English usage, our choice of words and how language evolves. David will debate what influence the Internet is having on language, and what is happening to language as it comes to be used on the Internet. He will assess the ‘misleading popular mythology’ and will argue for it to be replaced by precise linguistic description. The talk will present the view that the Internet is in some respects a linguistic revolution, introducing new opportunities for communication, but that its influence on individual languages has so far been quite limited.

A Q&A will follow, in which participants can pose questions on any aspect of language.

David Crystal’s talk is suitable for advanced GCSE and sixth-form/A-level students.

Arrival with Refreshments 5.30pm
Lecture followed by Q&A 6:00pm
Networking with refreshments 7:15pm

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