A linguists guide to constructed languages

15 November 2017, 15:30 - 17:00
Cambridge campus

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Speaker: Dr Bettina Beinhoff

In this lecture Bettina will examine constructed languages (or conlangs, such as Klingon, Dothraki or Esperanto) and discuss what conlangs can tell us about how we perceive and evaluate natural languages. She will show what steps and skills are involved in designing a conlang and how conlangs are crafted to represent a specific character. Through examples from existing conlangs and based on research findings Bettina will explain why we may associate certain sounds with certain qualities and how this can be used to construct the identity of a character through the way they speak.

Event Details

15 November 2017, 15:30 - 17:00
Cambridge campus
LAB 109 (Harvard)

No booking is required for this event.