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Language Change as Competition

6 Jun 2018
Start time
7:30 PM
City Screen Basement Bar
Dr Ann Taylor, University of York

Event Information

Language Change as Competition”

Dr Ann Taylor, University of York

Languages change constantly, to the extent that over long periods of time the earlier stages of a language can become incomprehensible to later generations. Reading Chaucer is quite difficult, and reading Beowulf, impossible, for us today. In this talk we’ll explore how language change works and show how it can be modelled as competition between linguistic forms, in a way similar to the competition between species.

Dr. Ann Taylor is a Senior Lecturer at the University of York. Her research focusses on syntactic variation and change in the early stages of English.

A talk for the York Festival of Ideas

Wednesday 6th June in City Screen Basement
Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm presentation

Tickets are free and can be pre-booked by phone or on-line with City Screen (0871 902 5726).

Alternatively tickets are available on the night of the event at the City Screen Ticket Desk.