Cafe Scientifique – The Basement

Languages change constantly, to the extent that over long periods of time the earlier stages of a language can become incomprehensible to later generations.

Reading Chaucer is quite difficult, and reading Beowulf, impossible, for us today.

In this talk by Dr. Ann Taylor of the University of York, we’ll explore how language change works and show how it can be modelled as competition between linguistic forms, in a way similar to the competition between species.

Dr. Ann Taylor is a Senior Lecturer at the University of York. Her research focusses on syntactic variation and change in the early stages of English.

A talk for the York Festival of Ideas.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm presentation.

The age restriction for the show is 14+, and it will be held at The Basement in York on Wednesday 6th June.

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