English is now a global language, but what are the consequences of this newfound status for the future development of the language? The talk reviews the relevant statistics, the historical reasons for the language’s present position, and the trends which are already affecting English worldwide.

6 - 6.30pm Welcome
6.30 - 7.30pm Presentation
7.30 - 8.30pm Reception

About David Crystal

David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Bangor, and works as a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster. He read English at University College London, then joined academic life as a lecturer in Linguistics, first at Bangor, then at Reading, where he became Professor of Linguistics. He received an OBE for services to the English language in 1995. His books include The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language; The Stories of English, Internet Linguistics: A Student Guide and The Story of English in 100 Words. Spell it out: the Story of English Spelling is due out in
September 2012. He was consultant for the British Library ‘Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices’ exhibition (November 2010 to April 2011) and author of the accompanying book, Evolving English.

The University of Westminster’s Centre for English Learning and Teaching Evening Talks give you the opportunity to hear some of the most well known experts on English Language and English Language teaching talk about current issues which matter now to English language professionals.

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