Asian Civilisations Museum, Ngee Ann Auditorium
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03 Nov 2019


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The death of languages

Louis-Jean Calvet | Singapore Writers Festival

Featuring also Kulleh Grasi, Caryl Lewis and Waubgeshig Rice.

In an increasingly globalised world, the number of endangered languages grows by the day with many eventually becoming extinct.

What is the significance and consequences of losing a language? How much of ourselves do we lose? And are there ways to protect and preserve languages?

Louis-Jean Calvet is a French linguist analysing the relationship between linguistic speech and colonial speech on language, the ties between language and power and the role of language of the city.
He is also at the roots of the French sociolinguistics, of which he is one of its most renowned proponents, and therefore invited to numerous universities throughout the four corners of the world.

The annual Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) returns from 1st to 10th November with the theme “A Language of Our Own”. This year’s festival seeks to explore the role of language in the formation of identities and communities through panel discussions, workshops, performances, films and talks featuring writers and speakers.

Festival Pass: $25