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Will English Always be the Global Language?

22/11/2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Will English Always be the Global Language?


Talk by Nicholas Ostler

Ostler examines the prospects of English, currently the pre-eminent mode of international communication, by putting it into context both with major lingua-francas of the past, and also its potential contenders in future. His conclusion is that the position of English is not as unique as it is often believed to be, but that — like any lingua franca — its future depends on developments in international politics and the purposes to which it – and its rivals – may be put.


TOPICS

Writing on the wall? a warning from Babylon
A “Top 20” of  languages
3 Circles of English
Past lingua-francas – the lessons of history
Economic outlook
Rising Challengers
Measures of Security
The Mechanical Alternative


BIOGRAPHY

Nicholas Ostler

Nicholas Ostler is an Englishman, with a first-class degree in Classics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, and PhD in Linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied under Noam Chomsky. His doctoral thesis, Case Linking, focused on Sanskrit. He has also provided the first modern analysis of the Chibcha language, once spoken in Colombia. He has taught linguistics in universities in Japan, the UK, Turkey and Kazakhstan. He has consulted on language technology projects, including machine translation, for the UK government, and the European Union. He now advises ICANN on use of non-Roman scripts in internationalized domain names on the Internet. He is the founder and chairman of the Foundation for Endangered Languages, a charity which has awarded 130 small project grants, and hosted 20 conferences worldwide over the past 20 years. Since 2005 he has published four books on language history, listed below. He is married with a daughter, five stepchildren, and eleven grandchildren, and lives in Hungerford near London.


PUBLICATIONS AND POINT OF SALE

Empires of the Word  – a language history of the world (2005)
Ad Infinitum – a biography of Latin and the world it created (2007)
The Last Lingua Franca – the rise and fall of world languages (2010)
Passwords to Paradise – how languages re-invented world religions (2016)

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DATE

November 22

TIME

7 pm – 8.30 pm

VENUE

LANGUAGE

English

FEES

APTIC members: free of charge
VÉRTICE members: 10 €
GENERAL PUBLIC: 15 €

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Details

Date:
22/11/2017
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Venue

APTIC
C. Llull, 63-69, 2n 7a Barcelona 08005 + Google Map
Phone:
93 6675624