Monolingualism debate at the Fringe Festival

Is monolingualism making us ill? Thomas Bak thinks so

We are thrilled that neuroscientist Dr Thomas Bak from PPLS  will be sharing his  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

Is Monolingualism Making Us Ill?

Wednesday 23 August, 8.20pm–9.20pm at New Town Theatre (George Street)

Research shows that speaking more than one language is good for our brain's health, from delaying onset of dementia to improving recovery time from a stroke. Thomas Bak argues that the monolingualism of modern society has its consequences and thinks it's time for us to check our 'linguistic diet'.

More information

Dr Thomas Bak is group leader on Multilingualism and Health as part of Multilingualism: Empowering individuals, Transforming societies, and was recently awarded funding to work with social enterprise Lingoflamingo delivering language lessons to dementia patients.

Thomas Bak

Multilingualism: Empowering individuals, Transforming societies


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