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Why do languages die?

What is the future of English? Why are so many languages dying out?

More than half of the 6,500 languages in the world are expected to die out within the next century, but should languages be allowed to die? Could English ever become extinct?

Join Dr Stephen Pax Leonard, Anthropological Linguist; Dr Andrew Dalby author of ‘Language in Danger’; Dr Jon Fox from Bristol University, Nicholas Ostler author of ‘The Last Lingua Franca’ and the chair Dr Theresa Biberauer, Department of Linguistics to find out.


Dr Stephen Pax Leonard | talks
Dr Andrew Dalby | talks
Dr Jon Fox | talks
Nicholas Ostler | talks
Dr Theresa Biberauer | talks


Date and Time:

22 October 2011 at 2:00 pm


1 hour



Faculty of Law
Sidgwick Site

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Festival of Ideas
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