Wednesday 27 November
Bridge House Theatre
A journey back in time through the history of the English language took linguistic expert David Crystal and his speech therapist wife Hilary on a real journey through the British Isles, discovering the places and personalities that shaped our mother tongue.
As part of Warwick Words Xtra Events programme, David and Hilary Crystal will be giving an illustrated presentation based on their new book Wordsmiths and Warriors. This explores the heritage of English through the places in Britain that shaped it and the invaders, poets, scholars, reformers and others who helped to create its character.
The journey starts with the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons in Kent and ends in London with the latest Apps for grammar. In between are encounters with places associated with Chaucer, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, the biblical scholars Wycliffe and Tyndale, dictionary compilers, dialect writers, elocutionists, grammarians and a host of others.
David Crystal is one of the world's foremost experts on linguistics and has written, co-written, and edited over 120 books. His non-linguistic writing includes poems, plays and biography and he writes as well as contributes to television and radio broadcasts. As an expert on the evolution of the English language, he has also been involved in the production of Shakespeare plays at London’s Globe Theatre advising on Elizabethan pronunciation.
Warwick Words Director Helen Meeke said, ‘We’re delighted to welcome Professor Crystal back to Warwick. Like his talk earlier this year which attracted a really big audience, ‘How to be an English Language Tourist’ is supported by our partner Warwick Books and promises to be another fascinating event. David Crystal is an acknowledged authority in his field and to avoid disappointment, I would strongly advise booking tickets in advance.’
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Tickets available from Festival Box Office 01926 776438.