Why are there so many languages in the world? Why can’t we just all speak the same one? Join Ann Taylor and Eva Zehentner of the University of York for an interactive talk exploring how languages change over time and how this can lead to the emergence of new languages.
Ann and Eva will explain why - despite constant efforts by society to halt it - language change is inevitable, making any utopian idea of reversing Babel and creating a single world language unachievable.
Dr Ann Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science. Her main research area is variation and change in the history of English with a primary focus on syntax.
Dr Eva Zehentner is a Lecturer in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science. She is interested in historical linguistics, particularly evolutionary linguistics.