Who wants to be a multilingual? Bilingualism Matters at the Science Festival

Antonella Sorace and Thomas Bak prepare for their event at the Edinburgh International Science FestivalBilingualism matters researchers Dr Thomas Bak and Professor Antonella Sorace were joined by stand up comic Susan Morrison to present a sell-out show at this year’s Edinburgh International Science Festival.

The audience gathered in the Summerhall anatomy theatre to dissect their language general knowledge – from 6 month babies to the onset of dementia, via Eurovision and Esperanto. As well as a fiendishly difficult quiz, the evening including research summaries from Dr Bak and Professor Sorace, and wide-ranging audience Q & A (including computer languages, the Scottish education system, children who code switch or mix languages in a sentence, and film subtitles).

Read more about why Dr Bak thinks this type of public engagement event is so important: Science festival interview with Thomas Bak