The 2019 Babel Lecture
The fifth annual Babel Lecture will be given by Jessica Coon, the linguistic consultant on the Hollywood film Arrival. Jessica will discuss aliens, fieldwork and Universal Grammar, and how her linguistic expertise enabled her to help the makers of Arrival to portray communication between aliens and humans. Jessica will also talk about her consultancy work on other film projects.

Jessica has previously appeared in Babel’s Meet the Professionals – read her interview here.

The event will take place on 24th May at the University of Huddersfield – keep the date in your diaries, and your eyes peeled for more details nearer the time!

Previous Babel Lectures have also been star-studded affairs! Click the links below for reviews:

  • 2018 – Susie Dent, Countdown dictionary expert and lexicographer, looked at attitudes towards the ‘Americanization’ of English.
  • 2017 – Peter French, forensic speech expert, discussed how linguistic analysis can help solve crimes.
  • 2016 – David Crystal, Babel’s own Linguistic Consultant, looked at intonation, and the many ways it affects the meaning of what we say.
  • 2015 – Brendan Gunn, dialect coach to the stars, lectured on the importance of understanding how exactly a stream of air from the lungs can produce so much meaning.