Shrewsbury School

Scholars' Talk and Dinner 2013

Wednesday 30 January 2013

This year's Scholars' Talk took place on Thursday 24th January in the Science Lecture Theatre, and was followed by dinner in Kingsland Hall.  The guest speaker was Dr Nick Ostler ( and his topic was 'English as a sluggish responder in a world of global languages'. 

Dr Nick Ostler, from

Dr Ostler treated us to a wonderfully wide-ranging illustrated talk on how languages grow and die and how the dominant lingua franca moves with the development of global economies and world politics.  He questioned the assumption that English will be the world language in a few years' time, and raised the interesting question of how we will continue to communicate in the future when technology will have united the world with the internet.


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