Linguistics and English Language

Praising 'useless' languages at the Fringe Festival

Can we really classify languages as useful or useless? Antonella Sorace explores

We are thrilled that Antonella Sorace, Professor of Developmental Linguistics at PPLS will be sharing exciting research with the public in a performance at the 2017 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas

In Praise of Useless Languages

Monday 14 August, 1.50pm–2.50pm at New Town Theatre (George Street)

The positive effects of learning a second language support the case for preserving minority languages on the brink of extinction, such as Sardinian and Scottish Gaelic. Discover the hidden talents of 'useless' languages with Antonella Sorace, as she shares what research tells us.

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In Praise of Useless Languages

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Professor Antonella Sorace is a leading authority on language bilingualism and language acquisition across the lifespan. She founded the Bilingualism Matters Centre to help people make informed decisions about language learning. She is also joint leader for dissemination on the EU funded AThEMEproject.

Anotella Sorace

AThEME project

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas (CoDI)

Founded in 2013 by Beltane Public Engagement Network, CoDi continues to rally researchers to present their work at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival each year. 

Beltane Public Engagement Network