Linguistics and English Language

Research at spring festivals: design, robots and debates

The School's researchers Simon Kirby, Mark Sprevak and Andy Clark are all sharing their work at UK festivals this spring

Researchers from the School of PPLS at the University are contributing to the Dundee Design Festival, Aberdeen's May Festival and the philosophy and music festival HowTheLightGetsIn.

Sculptural audio devices at design festival

Reigniting vacant properties with design, Dundee Design Festival has turned an empty high street shop into the temporary exhibition Factory Shop which will display prototypes and products made in factories.

Professor of Language Evolution Simon Kirby teamed up with artist Tommy Perman to create a series of sculptural audio devices with local manufacturers which will be on display in the exhibition running from 18 - 27 May 2018. 

Simon Kirby

Self-aware robots

The robot ‘hosts’ in the television series Westworld start a revolution when they become self-aware.

In light of recent work in philosophy and artificial intelligence, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy Mark Sprevak will discuss the likelihood of computers becoming self-aware at an evening lecture as part of the University of Aberdeen's May Festival.

Mark Sprevak

Robots Who Know Themselves - May Festival  

Debating perception of reality 

Does perception process reality, or actively create it?

Professor of Logic and Metaphysics Andy Clark will discuss how we make sense of reality alongside American linguist John McWorther and award-winning author Joanna Kavenna on Sunday 27 May at 5.30pm at the festival HowTheLightGetsIn 2018.

Andy Clark

Making Sense of Reality - HowTheLightGetsIn 2018