School of English annual lecture

November 30th 5pm-6pm, Lecture theatre C192, Curzon Building

The Tongue that Shakespeare Spoke: Professor David Crystal

The movement to present Shakespeare in ‘original pronunciation’ (OP) – a linguistic reconstruction of the accents used in his day – has gathered pace since 2004, when OP productions of Romeo and Juliet and Troilus and Cressida took place at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. This talk describes the OP events that have taken place during the past decade, explains the nature of the evidence that led to the reconstruction, and illustrates some of the literary and theatrical discoveries that have been made.

David Crystal is currently patron of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) and the Association for Language Learning (ALL), president of the UK National Literacy Association, and an honorary vice-president of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, the Institute of Linguists, and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. He is a past honorary president of the National Association for Professionals concerned with Language-Impaired Children, the International Association of Forensic Phonetics, and the Society of Indexers. He was Sam Wanamaker Fellow at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2003-4 and was honorary president of the Johnson Society for 2005-6. He has also been a member of the Board of the British Council and of the English-Speaking Union. He received an OBE for services to the English language in 1995, and was made a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) in 2000. He now lives in Holyhead, where he is the director of the Ucheldre Centre, a multi-purpose arts and exhibition centre.

This is a public event. You can reserve a place through Eventbrite here.

Professor Crystal will have a selection of his books for sale after the lecture and will be signing copies.