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Shakespeak with David Crystal

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Join linguist David Crystal at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation as he explores Anthony Burgess’s obsession with William Shakespeare, and the growing movement to rediscover the original pronunciation of the playwright’s work.

Anthony Burgess was fascinated by the writing and life of William Shakespeare, producing a speculative biography, a ballet suite, a TV series and a musical on the famous bard. David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He has written countless books on the English language, compiled ‘The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation‘, and helped bring an original-pronunciation version of Romeo and Juliet to Shakespeare’s Globe.

This talk and Q&A is part of the #Burgess100 celebrations marking a century since the birth of Anthony Burgess, and includes exclusive unheard archive recordings of Anthony Burgess talking in Shakespeare’s original pronunciation. Tonight, explore more of the original early modern English intonation of Shakespeare’s text. It’s rarely used in stage performance, yet quirks such as “loins” and “lines” being pronounced the same way opens up rhythms and rhymes often missed in Shakespeare’s work.

Anthony Burgess and David Crystal are both known for their passion for language. Burgess wrote two non-fiction books about the study of language – ‘Language Made Plain‘ and ‘A Mouthful of Air‘ – translated French novels into English, and famously invented the Nadsat language for ‘A Clockwork Orange‘. David Crystal’s most recent books are ‘The Story of Be: a Verb’s-eye View of the English Language’ and ‘Making Sense: the Glamorous Story of English Grammar’.

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