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Launch of the BA World Languages (CK110), 6 p.m. Tuesday 25th November in Boole 3

17 Oct 2014
Launch of BA World Languages

To mark the Official Launch of the BA World Languages (CK110) by Professor Caroline Fennell, Head of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, the distinguished linguist, Professor David Crystal will deliver a lecture on 'The Structure of Language'. This event will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday 25th November 2014 in Boole 3. All welcome.

In the talk, the different aspects of language structure and use – semantics, pragmatics, grammar, phonology, etc. – are explained and interrelated in a single model. Reference is also made to the main branches of linguistics which deal with these and associated matters.

David Crystal works as a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster. Born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland in 1941, he spent his early years in Holyhead, North Wales. His family moved Liverpool in 1951, and he received his secondary schooling at St Mary’s College. 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 (1962-3), then joined academic life as a lecturer in linguistics, first at
Bangor, then at Reading. He published the first of his 100 or so books in 1964. He held a chair at the University of Reading for 10 years, and is now Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor.

David Crystal’s authored works are mainly in the field of language, including several Penguin books, but he is perhaps best known for his two encyclopedias for Cambridge University Press, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language and The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language. He has edited several book series, such as Penguin Linguistics and Blackwell’s Language Library, and has been a consultant, contributor, or presenter on several radio and television programmes and series.

David Crystal is currently patron of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) and the Association for Language Learning (ALL), president of the UK National Literacy Association, and an honorary vice-president of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, the Institute of Linguists, and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. He received an OBE for services to the English language in 1995, and was made a Fellow of the British Academy
(FBA) in 2000. He now lives in Holyhead, where he is the director of the Ucheldre entre, a multi-purpose arts and exhibition centre.

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