Whitgift’s Academic Enrichment programme was delighted to welcome British linguist, academic and author David Crystal on Thursday 20 September. Professor Crystal delivered an engaging lecture on Shakespearean ‘OP’ or ‘Original Pronunciation’ – research that he pioneered in conjunction with Shakespeare’s Globe in 2004. He delighted listeners with a range of entertaining renditions from memory, examples from ‘OP’ productions and worked with Sixth Form pupils to examine the shift in vowel and consonant sounds over the last 400 years.
After school, Professor Crystal spoke on ‘The Perils of Being a Linguist’ – drawing on his vast experience of amusing anecdotes to highlight the diverse applications of linguistics in fields such as translation, computer programming and sociology. Students and staff were very grateful to hear from such a well-known and widely published expert. For more information about David, please visit www.davidcrystal.com.
The next Academic Enrichment speaker will be Old Whitgiftian, Tim Davie, CEO of BBC Studios on Friday 12 October.