School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies

Leverhulme lectures - Professor Douglas Kibbee

During February-April 2019 we were proud to present a programme of five Leverhulme public lectures, by our Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor, Professor Doug Kibbee (Emeritus, University of Illinois).

All lectures are open to the public. No booking required.

Linguistic inequality and egalitarian ideals in the United States

  • 27 February 2019, 5pm
  • Highfield House A01

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Translating Alice in Wonderland

Simple words, such as the conjunction ‘and’ and the negative adverb ‘never’, are revealed, through the comparison of multiple translations of a single work, to be quite complex.

  • 13 March 2019, 5pm
  • Teaching and Learning Building D13

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Linguistic Policy in a Nation of Immigrants

As more countries become ‘nations of immigration’ what are the obligations and limits of linguistic accommodation?

  • 20 March 2019, 5pm
  • Highfield House A02

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Language as a Human Right: Justice, Fairness and Equality

This year marks the centenary of the inclusion of language as a human right in international treaties.  Has this been an effective approach to linguistic inequalities?

  • 10 April 2019, 5pm
  • Highfield House A02

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Language Standards and Linguistic Inequality in Europe

With the Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (Council of Europe, 1992) although Europe appears to be a leader in linguistic equality, why do many inequalities remain?

  • 15 April 2019, 5pm
  • Teaching and Learning Building C14

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Prof. Doug Kibbee is a world expert on the relationship between language and law and questions of linguistic rights and inequality, since his co-edited volume on Language Legislation and Linguistic Rights (1998).

His 2016 book Language and the Law: Linguistic Inequality in America uncovers the ways in which failing to allow for minority language patterns has contributed to the kinds of inequality more usually associated with race, gender, and the income gap.

A French linguist by training, he has also published widely on matters of translation.



Lecture series supported by the Leverhulme Trust

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