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David Crystal: "Language Death" (Updated 10/14/09)
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Tuesday, October 20 (2009), Mary Graydon Room 4
The AU TESOL Program is proud to announce that Professor David Crystal will be lecturing at AU on "Language Death: Writing the Obituary of Languages?" Half the languages of the world will die out within the next century. This talk reviews the way languages are dying, asks why, and then asks what can be done. It presents the arguments why people should be concerned, drawing a parallel with other ecological domains. The talk includes extracts from literature, and also from David Crystal's play Living On, which dramatizes the endangered language situation.
David Crystal is internationally known for his wide-ranging studies of language. The author of more than 100 books (including the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language and Language Death), Professor Crystal is a frequent guest on the BBC, as well as on television programs and videos involving language. In 1995 he received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to the English language.