Linguistics and English Language

Linguistics professor to inspire new generation of students at Summer Showcase

Geoff Pullum will make the case for why the study of linguistics matters at the British Academy event for schools and colleges

Professor of General Linguistics Geoff Pullum will highlight the importance of linguistics to hundreds of students at the British Academy Summer Showcase on 22 June 2018.

Geoff Pullum

Studying human language scientifically

Geoff will persuade students in secondary education why they should pursue the study of linguistics at this British Academy event.

Students attending the talk will each be gifted a copy of Geoff's forthcoming book Linguistics: Why it Matters, which will be released 31 August 2018.

Linguistics: Why it Matters |

Linguistics: Why it Matters

In his forthcoming book, Geoff highlights topics that he feels exemplify the importance of linguistics:

  • The uniqueness of language to humans
  • The richness of the structural properties of language
  • Meaning, language and thought
  • Languages and social groups
  • Artificial intelligence and linguistic understanding

Using colourful comparisons and examples, from palaeontology to Star Trek, Geoff aims to inspire future linguists with the richness of linguistics and its diverse applications.

Geoff Pullum is among our greatest living linguists, with a deep appreciation of the richness of language. He is also one of the finest stylists writing today, and presents ideas with dazzling clarity and wit. No one is better equipped to explain linguistics and why it matters.

Steven PinkerJohnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University

Linguistic influencer

Geoff is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Linguistic Society of America and the British Academy. He is the co-author of The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (2002) and is also known for his contributions to the language blogs Language Log, and Lingua Franca at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language

Language Log

Lingua Franca at The Chronicle of Higher Education