Translating Multilingual Britain

Speaker
Professor Katrin Kohl
Event date
Event time
13:00 - 14:00
Venue
The Weston Library
Broad Street
OX1 3BG
Venue details

Weston Library lecture theatre, main entrance on Broad Street

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Recommended

As the UK wrestles with its political and cultural identity in the current world, its linguistic identity seems increasingly homogeneous and exclusively English. Yet the rise of ‘global English’ and the downward trend in language learning in schools mask a vibrant diversity of languages in everyday UK use – a diversity that has a rich heritage in the British Isles. The talk will look at the importance of translation for creating the English language, and the vibrant manifestations of language exchange in the UK today.