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Rethinking Comparative Syntax (ReCoS)

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Linguistics events at Cambridge Science Festival 2015

last modified Mar 03, 2015 01:05 PM

We are happy to present the following two events at the Cambridge Science Festival 2015!


Ideas and languages: six more languages that changed the world

Saturday 14 March: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Mill Lane Lecture Rooms , Room 9, 8 Mill Lane, CB2 1RW

Languages shape human culture and human thought. Some languages have shaped our world more than others, some of them not as obvious as you might think. Professor Ian Roberts continues his tour of some of those languages after last year's successful talk.

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The language of light!

Saturday 14 March: 1:15pm - 2:00pm

Mill Lane Lecture Rooms , Room 9, 8 Mill Lane, CB2 1RW

Come and find out why words that have to do with light are special in English and other languages! In this interactive session, we will explore what makes words like “glitter” and “blink” different from “chair” and “table”.

You'll find out how these words get their meaning, why “glow”, “gleam” and “glitter” all refer to light in English, but not other languages, and what this has to do with the way your dog barks.

We will have examples for words relating to light from English, German, Hungarian, and many other languages, so you'll have a great chance to learn some nice words from across the world and fun facts about the way languages work!

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