Keynote Lecture

We are delighted to present a keynote video lecture from Professor David Crystal:

Crystal PolaroidLanguage Death: A Problem For All

(Now live, click here)

David Crystal works from his home in Holyhead, North Wales, as a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster, and is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Bangor. He read English at University College London, specialised in English language studies, did some research there at the Survey of English Usage under Randolph Quirk, then joined academic life as a lecturer in linguistics, first at Bangor, then at Reading, where he was professor linguistics from 1975 to 1984. His research has been mainly in English language studies, in such fields as intonation and stylistics, and in the application of linguistics to religious, educational, clinical, and electronic contexts. His authored works include the subject of his keynote talk, Language Death, as well as several introductory texts, notably his two encyclopedias for Cambridge University Press, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language and The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language. An autobiography, Just a Phrase I’m Going Through: My Life in Language, appeared in 2009.


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I believe that language is culture. And culture is language. If there is death of the language, does that mean that culture will die as well? Or is it safer to say that language continually evolves?

Comment by Vannessa E. San Juan

I agree with Vanessa. Does it mean that when language dies, culture also dies? We must remember that we really can’t divorce the two. They are inseparable. What ever happens with one also happens with the other.

Comment by Ian Roger M. Francisco

Hi Vannessa, Hi Ian,

Thanks for your comments – do tune in tomorrow at 06:00am EST/11:00am BST/18:00pm SST for the full keynote, it sounds like it will provoke some good discussion!

Comment by Kivmars Bowling (Senior Managing Editor)

I agree with what Vanessa mentioned that language does evolve and with the evolution of language, so does culture. How can we address the concern of preserving the language and the culture if there is such thing as death of language?

Comment by Mel dela Pena Bandalaria

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