David Crystal – English Project Lecture

Tue 17/11/15 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The English language had been rejected as a literary medium when King Alfred came to the throne. How things have changed! In this talk David Crystal explores some of the ways the language has developed over the past thousand years, with particular reference to pronunciation and vocabulary. He uses findings from his recent book 'The Disappearing Dictionary' to explore whether any of the old dialect words of Hampshire are still known today, and discusses the possible role of the English Project as a means of keeping up with the language in the future.

Professor David Crystal OBE, FBA, FLSW, FCIL is recognised throughout the world as the greatest authority on the English language. He is a writer, editor, lecturer and broadcaster and has published well over a hundred books on the history and development of English. His recent works include: The Stories of English (2010), Begat: The King James Bible and the English Language (2010), The Story of English in 100 Words (2011), 'Spell It Out: The Singular Story of English Spelling'(2012), Wordsmiths & Warriors (2013) (co-authored with his wife, Hilary) and Making a Point: The Pernickity Story of English Punctuation (2015)