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Words as Words

It's Nice That

Thursday, 16 February 2012 from 18:45 to 20:30 (GMT)

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We’re gearing up for another jam-packed evening of ideas. Don’t be misled by the simplicity of the title, we will be broadening our horizons and expanding our minds for the third talk of the series, Words as Words. We’ve invited experts from three distinctly different fields to enlighten us on language - how it has evolved, its modes of use, experimentation with format, and what happens when we lose language skills.

Poet and Lexicographer Giles Goodland will talk about the origins of the Oxford English Dictionary, discussing its current status as an online dictionary and resource for the history of the English language, as well as for current variations spoken throughout the world. He will also explore how artists and writers from James Joyce onwards have used the OED as a source of inspiration and, in some cases, appropriation.

Conventional novels that use traditional narrative techniques sell by the million, so why experiment? Richard Beard, writer and director of the National Academy of Writing, will explore the whys and hows behind some of the story-telling experiments in his novels and stories. He will then look at new reading platforms, like the Kindle and i-Pad, and consider whether these fresh formats are likely to encourage or deter the experimental spirit.

Clinical scientist and speech therapist Dr. Jenny Crinion (the Institute of Cognitive Neurscience, UCL), will explain the neuroimaging techniques she uses to understand how the brain works when we speak, and what happens in people who lose their ability to ‘find the right words’ after a stroke (aphasia). As well as introducing the new brain stimulation methods she is developing to help language recovery, a creative director in treatment with Dr. Crinion will share firsthand what it is like to experience aphasia.


Terms and conditions: The programme may be subject to slight changes due to unforeseen speaker cancellations or illness. We will endeavour to find appropriate replacements. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy: If you wish to cancel your ticket, you will need to contact us a minimum of 7 days prior to the event. We will re-sell the ticket online but in the event that it is not re-sold we will charge a 50% cancellation fee. We regret that no refunds can be given to requests received less than 7 days prior to the event. All cancellations must be made in writing.

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Selfridges Library
400 Oxford Street
W1A 1AB London
United Kingdom

Thursday, 16 February 2012 from 18:45 to 20:30 (GMT)

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