Renowned linguist to visit KU

David Crystal, one of the world’s leading authorities on language and linguistics, will be in residence at Kansas University from Sept. 12-22, speaking to students, making public presentations and serving as an adviser on the University Theatre’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Crystal is honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Bangor in Wales and works from his home in Holyhead, North Wales, as a writer, editor, lecturer and broadcaster. He has published more than 100 books, including “The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language” and “The Stories of English.”

Crystal guided Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London in its celebrated productions in Original Pronunciation, which is described as the spoken language the way Shakespeare wrote it and the way Americans spoke when this country was founded.

His presentations during his visit to KU:

• Sept. 13: “Fascinating First Year,” 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Kansas Union’s Jayhawk Room; “Pronouncing Shakespeare: An Introduction to the Original Pronunciation,” 7 p.m.-8 p.m., Swarthout Recital Hall, Murphy Hall. A reception will follow in the Murphy Hall Exhibition Gallery.

• Sept. 14: “Shakespeare’s Globe: Language and the Performance Space,” 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m., Room 209, Murphy Hall.

• Sept. 16: “The English Tone of Voice,” 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m., Murphy Hall Room 235.

Sept. 17: Reception, 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m., Hall Center for the Humanities.

All events are free and open to the public.

Crystal also will work with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” cast from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 14-17 and Sept. 20-21, and from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sept. 22 in Room 209, Murphy Hall. Observers are welcome.

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