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The Language of Hate, a lecture by Dr Lid King

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Dr Lid King gives the inaugural David Crystal Lecture, held in conjunction with the University of Westminster and the Language Acts and Worldmaking project of the AHRC Open World Research Initiative.

The Language of Hate

One of the main motivations and indeed justifications for language learning is its power to enable us to communicate and to understand the other. But it is not always the case that language is used for mutual understanding and love. It has often been a weapon used by those who aim to confuse, to undermine and ultimately to destroy. Such language of hate has if anything become ‘normalised’ by the massive expansion of online communications as they are exploited both by those in power and by the anonymous purveyors of verbal intimidation.

In this talk we will reflect on the growth of online hate speech – historically and in the current period and, more importantly, consider ways in which people are already developing a counter narrative and seeking to spread positive messages about the rich and diverse world in which we live.

Dr Lid King has extensive experience of languages teaching, pedagogy and materials development. As Director of CILT, the National Centre for Languages in the UK (1992–2003) he played a major part in expanding the work of the organisation, spearheading a range of national and European projects.

Dr King was National Director for Languages for England with responsibility for the implementation of the English Languages Strategy from 2003-11. He was co-author of the Languages Review. He also has extensive experience of languages in Europe and has advised the European Commission, Council of Europe and national governments as well as working on many European Projects, most recently “Positive Messengers”, a cross-Europe consortium developing resources to combat online Hate Speech.

Dr Lid King was awarded the David Crystal Trophy for outstanding contribution in the field of languages, presented at the CIOL/IoLET Awards Evening in November 2016.


The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception from 16.00.

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