Hall Center For The Humanities


David Crystal
David Crystal
Renowned Linguist

"Internet Linguistics"
Special Events

Fri., Sep. 17, 2010, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Location: Hall Center Conference Hall

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of the Provost, CLAS, and the Department of Theatre

David Crystal, a renowned linguist best known for his work on the linguistics of the English language, will spend 10 days in residence at KU this fall. Among other engagements, he will be working with the cast of the Theatre Department’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream, who will perform the play in its original pronunciation, about which Crystal is the preeminent expert.

During his KU residency, Professor Crystal will give two talks at the Hall Center:

Internet Linguistics— What influence is the Internet having on language, and what is happening to language as it comes to be used on the Internet? Presenting the view that the Internet is a linguistic revolution, Crystal will illustrate from its six major domains - of e-mail, the World Wide Web, chatgroups, virtual worlds, blogs, and instant messaging—and report the way the Internet is being increasingly used by languages other than English.

Language Play: from Scrabble to Babble— This talk will focus on the question of why we play with language, illustrating what is involved from a wide range of effects, and focusing on the nature of linguistic creativity, especially as encountered in literature.

Professor Crystal has authored, co-authored, or edited over 100 books in the field of language including The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, By Hook or By Crook: a Journey in Search of English (2007), Txtng: the Gr8 Db8 (2008), Just a Phrase I’m Going Through (2009), and Begat: the King James Bible and the English Language (2010). Co-authored books include Shakespeare’s Words (2002) and The Shakespeare Miscellany (2005), both in collaboration with his actor son, Ben.

He was founder-editor of the Journal of Child Language and Child Language Teaching and Therapy, and has edited several book series, including Penguin Linguistics and Blackwell’s Language Library. He was Sam Wanamaker Fellow at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2003–4 and was honorary president of the Johnson Society for 2005–6. He received an OBE for services to the English language in 1995, and was made a Fellow of the British Academy in 2000.

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