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Languages Future: David Crystal, The Future of Englishes

*NOTICE: It is with great regret we write that, owing to the Coronavirus/Covid-19 outbreak in the UK, this event has been cancelled. We are hoping to find an alternative date and will update this page as soon as possible*

What is the future of the English language(s)? Join distinguished author and broadcaster Professor David Crystal, as he discusses the future of Englishes. Hosted by the Language Acts and Worldmaking project as part of its 2020 conference Languages Future, with support from King's College London's Arts and Humanities Research Institute.

David Crystal is a writer, lecturer, editor and broadcaster. Born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland in 1941, 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. He has published widely on English language studies, and some of his best known titles include The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language (CUP: 3rd edn 2018), The Stories of English (Penguin, 2005), and Sounds Appealing: the Passionate Story of English Pronunciation (Profile, 2017). He is a patron for the Association for Language Learning (ALL).

Attendance at this event is free but registration is essential. Please note that this invited lecture by David Crystal is a separately ticketed event, for further information about the Languages Future conference and to book tickets for day attendance, see here.

This event is wheelchair accessible. It is due to take place at King's College London, Bush House Lecture Theatre 1 TBC. For information about accessibility at Bush House, please see the conference Practical Information.

For any further queries, please email languageacts@kcl.ac.uk.