Upcoming events

  • Fri
    30
    Jun
    2017

    Bilingualism Matters: Keeping Families Connected with the Home Language in a New Homeland

    15:30 - 17:00Rooms 3.10-3.11 Dugald Stewart Building, University of Edinburgh

    As part of the Refugee Festival Scotland 2017, Bilingualism Matters at the University of Edinburgh presents talks by our Deputy Directors, Dr Vicky Chondrogianni and Dr Thomas Bak, on the latest findings on bilingualism and how it relates to the resettlement of refugees. Talks will be followed by a question and answer session, plus activities for members of the community and other organisations to bring ideas together.

    Register now on Eventbrite.

  • Thu
    06
    Jul
    2017

    Bilingualism in minority languages: a resource and an opportunity

    14:00 to 14:30Auditorium, The University of Edinburgh Business School

    Prof Antonella Sorace is giving a keynote presentation as part of The Celtic Knot Conference 2017, which is the first Wikipedia Language conference organised in collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and Wikimedia UK focusing on supporting Celtic & Indigenous Languages.

    Full details on her talk can be found here.

  • Mon
    14
    Aug
    2017

    In Praise of Useless Languages

    13:50New Town Theatre, Edinburgh

    We often hear people classify languages as useful or useless depending on how many people currently use them. However, is the value of a language determined solely by the political or economic power associated with it? Research on bilingualism over the lifespan shows that knowing more than one language – any language – can benefit the mind. From this point of view, our Director Prof Antonella Sorace presents the idea that all languages are worth learning and minority languages, such as Gaelic and Sardinian, are a particularly precious resource.

    Part of the 2017 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas at the Edinburgh Fringe - tickets at Edfringe

     

  • Wed
    23
    Aug
    2017

    Is Monolingualism Making Us Ill?

    20:20New Town Theatre, Edinburgh

    Originally, our brains were designed to be multilingual, managing two or more languages easily. Our Deputy Director, neuroscientist Thomas Bak reckons that, like sedentary lifestyles and an unhealthy diet, the monolingualism that’s come with modern society has its consequences. Research has shown that speaking only one language makes our thinking skills decline faster as we age and can actually make us more vulnerable to dementia in later life. So why aren’t public health campaigns addressing this? Should Fitbits be monitoring our speech as well as our steps?

    Part of the 2017 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas at the Edinburgh Fringe - tickets at Edfringe

     

  • Fri
    13
    Oct
    2017
    Sat
    14
    Oct
    2017

    The selectivity of native language attrition

    Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh

    We're pleased to host this two-day workshop “The selectivity of native language attrition” as part of the ESRC-funded First Language Attrition Seminar Series (ES/M001776/1) led by Monika Schmid (University of Essex).

    Full details can be found here.