David Shariatmadari

Don’t Believe A Word – A Journey Through Grammar

Date: Saturday 21st September 2019
Venue: Temple Church
Time: 10am
Tickets: £10 (Students: £8)

Over the past few decades, we have reached new frontiers of linguistic knowledge. Linguists can now explain how and why language changes, describe its structures and map its activity in the brain. But most of us know as much about language today as we did about physics before Galileo, and the little we know is still largely based on folklore, instinct or hearsay.

Guardian editor and linguist David Shariatmadari takes us on a mind-boggling journey through the science of language, urging us to abandon our prejudices in a bid to uncover the (far more interesting) truth about what we do with words.

Exploding nine widely held myths about language while introducing us to some of the fundamental insights of modern linguistics, he’ll give us an energetic guide to the beauty and quirkiness of humanity’s greatest achievement.

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David Shariatmadari,Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival