Professor David Crystal gives lecture on dialectThursday 10 March 2016
World-renowned language expert Professor David Crystal OBE returned to the city in which he studied to deliver Liverpool Hope University’s annual Hopkins lecture on Friday 4th March.
Professor Crystal, who has written more than 100 books and presented programmes for BBC TV and the Discovery Channel, gave a lecture titled ‘Where have all the dialect words gone? Hopkins and a disappearing dictionary.’
The annual Hope Hopkins Lecture is hosted by the Department of English, and focuses on contemporary writing and language.
It is named after the Victorian poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, who lived and worked at what is now the university’s Creative Campus on Shaw Street.
About Professor David Crystal
David Crystal’s authored works are mainly in the field of language, including several Penguin books, but he is perhaps best known for his two encyclopaedias for Cambridge University Press, The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Language and The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English Language.
Recent books include Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary(2014), You Say Potato: a book about accents (2014, with actor son Ben Crystal), The Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary (April 2015, also with Ben), and The Disappearing Dictionary: a treasury of lost English dialect words (May 2015). Other co-authored books include Words on Words (2000, a dictionary of language quotations compiled with his wife and business-partner, Hilary - Wheatley Medal, 2001), Wordsmiths and Warriors: the English-Language Tourist's Guide to Britain (2013, with Hilary), and Shakespeare’s Words (2002) and The Shakespeare Miscellany (2005), the last two in collaboration with Ben.
He is currently patron of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) and the Association for Language Learning (ALL), president of the UK National Literacy Association, and an honorary vice-president of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, the Institute of Linguists, and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. He was Sam Wanamaker Fellow at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2003-4 and was honorary president of the Johnson Society for 2005-6. He has also been a member of the Board of the British Council and of the English-Speaking Union. He now lives in Holyhead, where he is the director of the Ucheldre Centre, a multi-purpose arts and exhibition centre.
He received an OBE for services to the English language in 1995, and was made a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) in 2000.