National Gallery Singapore, Rooftop Studio 1 – 4,
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03 Nov 2019


06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

The future of language

Louis-Jean Calvet | Singapore Writers Festival

Featuring also Indra Das and Zu Orzu.

With GIFs, emojis, and memes changing communication, will our vocabulary become a predominantly visual one? As the world gets more connected can we envision a future in which we eventually converse in a single language?

A linguist, a speculative fiction author, and an artist imagine how the use of language could evolve.

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
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