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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Festival of Ideas - Linguistics Events 2014

Festival of Ideas

The Vanishing Monolingual

Saturday 25 October: 5:00pm - 6:00pm (no need to pre-book)

The Faculty's first Annual Lecture, which is a feature of the University of Cambridge's Festival of Ideas, is to be given by Bernardette Holmes on "The Vanishing Monolingual - why the ability to speak other languages is defining success for the 21st Century"



Also part of the University of Cambridge's Festival of Ideas, the Rethinking Comparative Syntax project (ReCoS), in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, are running the following two events.

Ideas and languages: six more languages that changed the world

Saturday 25 October: 3:30pm - 4:30pm (Pre-booking)

Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Site, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DA

Languages shape human culture and human thought. Some languages have shaped our world more than others, some of them not as obvious as you might think. Prof. Ian Roberts continues his tour of some of those languages after last year's successful talk. 

Information and booking:


Saturday 25 October: 12:15pm - 3:00pm (drop-in)

Alison Richard Building, SG1/2, Sidgwick Site, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT

This is 'Blockbusters', 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' and 'Family Fortunes' - linguistics style! New questions and puzzles! Explore the wonders of language, learn something new and maybe even win a prize. 

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